Panama claims in five sets first victory
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 12, 2017. – Panama claimed their
first victory at the men’s Volleyball tournament of the eleventh
Central American Games Managua 2017 after defeating Belize in
five sets 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-12) at Alexis
Argüello sport complex.
Panama was able to hold off their opponent in sets one and two,
but got into difficulties when Belize started to enjoy more the
game while their performance improved. This was Panama’s second
consecutive five setter, they previously lost to Nicaragua.
Panama improves their record 2-1 and has five points; Belize
drop to 0-2 with 2 points.
Belize held a huge advantage in kills with 62-49 margin, as well
as in blocks with 10-5 margin but they allowed Panama to score
on their 49 errors. Panama did better in aces by a slim 5-3
Panama had three players with double-digits, with outside hitter
Domingo Avila leading with
16 points all in kills, outside hitter Oswald Marshall scored 14
points on 13 kills and one ace, and opposite Donaldo Ureña
contributed with 11 points. With a match-high, outside hitter
Bryton Codd of Belize scored 24 points, on 21 kills, 2 blocks
and one ace; and opposite Karym Coleman scored 23 points on 21
kills and 2 blocks.
On day four of the event, Panama (1-2) will face Costa Rica
(1-2) and Belize (0-2) plays against El Salvador (1-0).
Captain of Panama Domingo Avila:
“Most of our players are young and they easily lose
concentration; the most experienced players are always talking
to them so they won’t relax. I believe the team is adjusting as
the tournament develops. Today we did better in blocking and a
little in defense as well as serves”.
Head coach of Panama Eugenio Ortiz:
“My players were anxious because of the fact that we were the
ones who needed to win after two losses. Our serves were less
effective as the match developed and Belize had the opportunity
to attack more. We recovered from a four or five deficit in the
sets we lost but we came short. The last set was very close”.
Opposite player of Belize Karym Coleman:
“We thought we were going to win because we put up a big fight
to comeback from two sets down and reach a fifth set. Our
attacking picked up and we felt our momentum in sets three and
four, we kept the ball moving and our blocking also kicked in.
We should not let the next matches stretch from three sets”.
Head coach of Belize Albert Humes:
“In the two sets we won, the team focused on what we wanted to
do, we played volleyball and enjoyed what we were doing. During
time-outs we were trying to motivate our players to simplify
their moves and not start inventing. Panama succeeded because we
got into better shape too late in the game”.