Nicaragua retains AFECAVOL U21 title with one match left to
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, October 5,
retained the AFECAVOL U21 Central American title with one
match left to play after defeating host El Salvador 3-0
(25-20, 25-14, 25-16) at FESAVOL Gymnasium of San Salvador,
With Panama winning to Costa Rica, Nicaragua needed to beat
El Salvador to win the gold medal for the second time in a
row, regardless of the result against Belize on the last day
of the event.
Nicaragua wins the gold with 5-0 record and 22 points; El
Salvador is 3-2 with 13 points and still has a shot of
winning a medal.
Nicaragua prevailed on a sizeable 42-23 margin in attacks
and a 6-3 advantage in blocks. Both teams scored 2 aces and
Nicaragua committed fewer errors (22-24).
Nicaragua’s top scorers were outside hitter Steven Lozano
with 17 points all on kills, middle blocker Jefferson
Cascante with 14 points on 12 kills and 2 aces, while
outside hitter Lenon Oporta tallied 10 points on 7 kills and
On Sunday Nicaragua (5-0) faces Belize (0-5) and El Salvador
(3-2) plays against Costa Rica (3-2).
Jordan Carcache, libero of Nicaragua: “The entire team is
proud because we worked hard for the tournament. We were
determined to win against El Salvador; we had practice
matches with them and we knew what to do. We are really
Jorge Mena, Head Coach of Nicaragua: “We are very glad to
have reached our goal; now we celebrate being champions, the
guys deserve it. This medal is for Nicaragua, it’s a reward
for all our strong effort”.
Diego Guidos, captain of El Salvador: “Nicaragua was really
disciplined, their defense was impressive and it shows they
studied us well. I hope that tomorrow we have a good outcome
against Costa Rica and reach the podium”.