Nicaragua keeps hopes alive prevailing over Belize
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 14, 2017. - Nicaragua kept their
hopes alive after prevailing in straight sets 26-24, 25-22,
25-16 over Belize in the closing match of day five of the men’s
Volleyball tournament of the XI Central American Games Managua
Hosts Nicaragua had an incredible night stopping their taller
opponents’ power recovering from a three point deficit at the
end of set one; from there on Belize slowly gave in.
It was a tough clash that puts Nicaragua in the run for a medal
with 2-2 win-loss record and 11 points. Belize is win-less with
0-4 record and 3 points.
Nicaragua’s performance was very similar to that of Belize, with
slim margin in every skill; with 39-36 in kills, 4-3 in blocks,
4-1 in aces and committing 22 errors in comparison to 29
Jonny Zeledon with 15 points all on kills, Denis Garcia with 12
points and Jonathan Tuckler with 10 points led Nicaragua’s
scorers. On Belize side, Karym Coleman scored a match-high of 17
points and Bryton Codd contributed with 10 points.
On Friday Nicaragua (2-2) will face Guatemala (4-0) and Belize
(0-4) meets Honduras (2-2).
Opposite of Nicaragua Denis Garcia:
“Yesterday’s rest helped us to recover physically and helped to
focus on our last games. We were motivated because we can still
win a medal. Our virtue is attacking and counterattacking, we
react pretty fast after defending”.
Head coach of Nicaragua Osman Hernández:
“Belize is really strong, the last time we faced they beat us.
Today’s difference is that we are motivated to perform well at
home. We have battled one match at a time, we’ve lost some, but
playing well. Today the boys were determined to fight”.