Nicaragua seventh after winning to Barbados


HAVANA, Cuba, September 1, 2018 - Nicaragua took seventh place by defeating Barbados 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-14) on the last day of the Norceca U-21 Men's Tournament of Volleyball at the Coliseum of the Sports City.


Jonny Zeledón, the slender corner player, repeated his condition as top scorer of his team and today also led the meeting with 19 points, while the central Diego Cuadra (10) and the opposite Novelbis Nuñez (8) equal contributed to the victory.


For the Caribbean the blocker Akeil Williams was the most productive with 10, as well as the opposite Ashe Oxley with 8 in the meeting in which Nicaragua was superior in attack (38-28) and service (4-1), but Barbados outnumbered them in number of blocks (10-8).


Osmani Hernandez, coach of Nicaragua, said that "although we wanted to reach the fifth place but we said goodbye with a second victory in the tournament." The boys learned from the defeat against Guatemala yesterday, that no one is belittled and that one should not play relaxed, and today they worked much better ".


"We must keep insisting on the serve, so we can receive better, many of the teams beat us because of the deficiency of our service and as a consequence the complex one, and this event has been good for them since seven of them will play in the Central American U23 within a week in our country”, he said.


His captain Jonny Zeledón expressed his greatest joy today for the victory. "Barbados did not show much resistance, in the second set we lost a little concentration but we could get it over, we did not wait for the seventh, but we will continue training to improve, not being conformist and filing every detail, that is what each team does to raise their level and these skills help to learn about these aspects ".


John Stuart, Barbados coach, said he did not feel good about his team's performance. "I do not feel well, the team had many difficulties in the receipt during the whole fair and their morale is very low, and this is the result."


 "For me the event was fair because all the teams were able to do the most remarkable thing to win, we tried in each game to rectify the mistakes made previously, but what I learned most here is that teamwork is the most important thing and that playing well together, we get more success,"said 18-year-old center-back Kadeem Morris, who debuted very young in the previous Norceca U-21 in 2016.