United States contained early impetus of Nicaragua
HAVANA, Cuba, August 27, 2018 - The United States reacted early
to contain the impetus Nicaragua showed early to open the third
match of the day one of the Norceca U21 Men's World Qualifying
Tournament, which concluded with continuing straight sets of 3-
0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-15).
The defending champions whose crown was earned in 2016 came out
of their lethargy bewitched by the strategy of the Central
Americans. After sealing victorious at the end pf the first set,
they gave no breaks in the other two sets to conclude with
evident advantage of 43-27 in attacks, 10-1 in blocking and 6-1
The opposite Jaylen Jasper was the top scorer of the game with
18 points, while wing attacker John Reilly made another good
contribution with 15. For the opponents the slender Jonny
Zeledón was the leading scorer with 9.
Jonah Carson, technical director of the Americans, said that "it
was good that they forced our kids to squeeze, because they
played relaxed and the Nicaraguans took advantage as they know
the tactics to use, I applaud them for that. In my team some
players have experience, but it is not the same U-19 tham this
level, they have not had time to settle down"
Samuel Lewis, the 2.08 meter captain, appreciated that
"Nicaragua plays very strong and in the beginning we played very
comfortable, but they do it well and we appreciate it because
that forces us to strive. They have a good defense and tactics
with smart players and it was an honor to face them."
Osman Hernández, coach of Nicaragua, said that "that rival is
one of the favorites, apart from stature it has a trajectory and
all the conditions superior to ours. In the first set I thought
we were going to win, mine started disrespecting them, they felt
they could but we made mistakes, they tightened the serve and in
our area we are not used to that kind of services. My team made
the effort, I think we are going to improve and advance to the
quarterfinals, we will do a psychological work because they were
excited that they could do more."
Zeledón, captain of the Central Americans, expressed his
discomfort because "after we got to take advantage in the
initial set we had a low and they reached us, they knew how to
close, in the others the mood declined and we could never go up
in the score. It has height, strength, level, it is to respect
and for us it was something unforeseen, and they taught us that
we should not belittle anyone.