Panama edges Nicaragua and finishes third
PANAMA CITY, Panama - October 21, 2017 - Panama outdueled
Nicaragua 3-2 (18-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-10, 15-13) in the final
match of the XII Central American U19 Volleyball Championship
Male, remaining in the third place, behind Costa Rica, champion,
Panamanian captain Denzel Arboine commanded his team with 20
points, followed by Jose Vásquez with 15 and David NG with 13.
For Nicaragua, Marcial Sandoval got 19 points and José Cano 16.
Panama took advantage of its height to make the difference in
the block with 14 points by this way, to 5 of the Nicaraguans,
who were outscored in attacks 47-42 and in services 8-6, with
equal number of points for errors of the opponent with 37 each.
"You should never be satisfied with your job, but I'm happy for
what the boys did with just under two weeks of work," said
Panama coach Eugenio Ortiz.
"It's the first men's medal we got (along with Mercedes Pomares,
another Cuban coach) and we think things are going well. At the
beginning my players were afflicted because we lost against
Guatemala, then we saw that we had a chance for the silver
medal. We made some changes and the entry of Ruben Diago lifted
the team spirit," Ortiz explained.