Thrilling victory for Guatemala over Nicaragua

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, November 2, 2021. – In a thrilling victory, defending champion Guatemala beat Nicaragua 3-1 (34-32, 22-25, 37-35, 25-20) in the last match of day four of the XXI Men’s Central American Cup.


A match for the history of the event, where Guatemala and Nicaragua set a new Central American record for the set with most points (37-35); in the same match they had already broken the record of 32-30 set by El Salvador and Belize on November 11 of 2018, when they finished the first set with a 34-32 score.


The first set marked the rhythm of the match as Guatemala reached set point 24-21 but finished winning 34-32; not before Nicaragua lost six opportunities of winning.


Nicaragua was superior evening the scores, but the home team was not intimidated getting back in the same rhythm of the first set to finish the third 37-35 setting a new Central American record. When everything seemed to be a fourth set sweep for Guatemala, Nicaragua came back from a 12 point deficit as Guatemala reached match points (12-24) for the final 25-20 for the host team.


Guatemala was superior in attacks by a huge 65-48 margin, while Nicaragua controlled the blocking 17-13; both teams scored 3 aces. Guatemala handed out 44 points from unforced errors, benefiting from 37 Nicaraguan errors.


Outside hitter Gerardo González of Guatemala scored 24 points, on 15 kills, 7 blocks and 2 aces. Also contributing in Guatemala’s victory was outside hitter and Captain Carlos López (17), opposite hitter Andy Leonardo (16) and middle blocker Jason Hernández (12). With 19 points, opposite Axel Gutiérrez and middle blocker Emilio Andrews led Nicaragua, followed by Jonny Zeledon with 12 points and outside hitter Byron Hernández with 11 points.


On Wednesday, Nicaragua (2-1) will face Costa Rica (3-0) at 4:00pm and Guatemala (3-0) faces Belize (2-2) at 7:00pm


Gerardo González, top scorer of Guatemala: “It was a good match, Nicaragua did pretty well. I believe we are doing well individually but as a team we haven’t found our rhythm, but we are working hard to get there. We are happy with the victory, no matter how we did it”.


Osman Hernández, Head coach of Nicaragua: “We proved that Nicaragua was coming for Guatemala. We have never seen Guatemala scared, but certain issues during the match influenced my players’ attitude. Now we have to prepare for our next match”.