MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 18, 2021 - Guatemala
beat Panama 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-16) at the
close of the second day of the XXI Central
American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.
María García with 24 points was unstoppable by
Guatemala, especially in the third and fourth
sets, when Panama was pressing and they needed
to secure the advantage. Rut Gómez and Martha
Guillermo contributed 13 each one.
For Panama, María Gallimore, with 15 points was
the best, but the rest of the team did not have
the consistency to maintain the pressure that
allowed them to win the second set.
Guatemala get their second win in the tournament,
led the attacks 48-37 and blocking 16-6,
although the serve was better Panama 4-2,
committing 26 errors, for 23 of the winners.
María García, Guatemala's best scorer: “We had a
relatively easy game that got a set out of hand,
but we managed to straighten up, with great
confidence and lifting our spirits.
We are focused, we come to win no matter how, we
will leave everything on the court to overcome
all the situations that come our way ”.
William Fernández, coach of Guatemala: “all
teams are looking for victory and the team that
comes down has problems. We had a low spirits in
the second set, a loss of confidence that caused
a series of errors that we were not competing,
but also to recognize the work of the opposite,
my respects for the level they showed and the
fight they had all the time ”.
“Tomorrow (Tuesday) we have an important match
for both teams (against Nicaragua), because it
will allow anyone to aspire to the podium. The
game will be a spectacle for the public ”.
María Gallimore, Panama´s best scorer: “Today we
feel better than yesterday, we are working on
connecting, we did not have as much time before
the tournament and that is affecting us a bit.
We are seeing that we are having better
performance and we hope that in the next games
we will take out the claw that we have inside ”.
Eliot Clark, Panama coach: “Today's training was
to focus on the reception and I think it was
done very well, what failed us were the central
players, Guatemala realized we had a problem
there and they attacked us from there.
Guatemala's fast game hurt us and when the
adjustments were made we were already in a
fourth set and it wasn't enough ”.
On Tuesday's schedule, Panama will face El
Salvador at 4:00 p.m., and Guatemala will face
Nicaragua at 7:00 p.m.