Panama suffers fourth loss at home
PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 27, 2014 – Hosts Panama suffered
their fourth loss in five outings in the U23 Men’s Central
American Championship as their hopes of a podium position
vanished away on Wednesday at José “Beto” Remon Gymnasium.
Nicaragua, winless entering the last match of the day, claimed a
well fought victory in four sets 3-1 (25-20, 27-25, 20-25,
25-22) in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Jonathan Tuckler led all the players in the match with 20 points
for Nicaragua followed by Bryan Orozco with 10 points in the
winning effort. Angel Beitia and Jose Gonzalez tallied 17 and 11
points, respectively, for Panama.
The Nicaraguan Orozco said his teammates were able to connect
looking for their best form and were hungry for the win against
the home side. The coach Osman Hernandez was pleased with the
performance of his outside hitters.
Eric Lucero, coach of Panama, was visibly resigned while saying
they were close to keeping alive the chances of a third place
but unfortunately things didn’t come to our favor. Setter Juan
Gonzalez said he hopes to leave the competition with a victory
against Guatemala on Friday.