Nicaragua topped Panama at Men’s AFECAVOL
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, November 12, 2018.-
Nicaragua topped Panama 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-22) for their
first victory at the twentieth Men’s Senior AFECAVOL Central
American Championship being held San Salvador, El Salvador.
Nicaragua was calculated in reaching a considerable advantage;
Panama never stopped pushing, keeping the score close but always
one step behind. Nicaragua showed a fast and organized game
plan, but losing three match points (24-19) before their
thrilling 25-22 finish.
Nicaragua improved their win-loss record (1-1) and stands with
five points; Panama has 1-2 record and four points. On day
three, Nicaragua plays against Belize (1-2) and Panama has the
The winners prevailed on 43-36 advantage in attacks and scoring
on 30 opponent errors, while Panama held 8-2 margin in blocks,
2-1 in aces and scored on 23 Nicaraguan errors.
Outside hitter Jony Zeledon and opposite Denis Garcia of
Nicaragua scored 15 tallies each, all in kills. Middle blocker
Angel Beitia led Panama with 13 points on 10 kills and 3 blocks
and outside hitter Oswald Marshall scored 9 points, followed by
opposite Otto Othon with 8 points.
Álvaro Solís, Nicaragua’s captain said they still need more
confidence “we committed too many errors, we haven’t showed our
real game level. This is a young team, several players are very
experienced, with international exposure, so, we can show a
higher game level”.
Captain Oswald Marshall of Panama said his team had a bad
attitude “I believe we could have easily won the first set, but
we committed errors such as attacks with only one block, and our
bad attitude. We were able to recover and have better rhythm but
the referees lowered our moral, it’s not an excuse but we are
very sad to have lost”.
Osman Hernández coach of Nicaragua said his team will improve
their rhythm “today we kept our game structure. Panama pushed
stronger from point 20 and we never lost concentration, which is
very important because in this category you must have nerves of
steel. All the matches will be hard and we hope to advance
“We were always behind our opponent” said Panama’s coach Horacio
Angulo. “Nicaragua set their rhythm attacking our smallest
setter, it was a good strategy. We tried to counterattack but
they kept their pace. My captain’s performance was unstable and
wasn’t effective in blocking. We attempted to do the impossible,
I congratulate Nicaragua. We could have won the last two sets,
but actions by the referees also influenced our actions” added