Guatemala claims comeback win against Belize

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 21, 2021 - Guatemala recovered from losing a first set, to end up beating Belize 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 21-19, 25-20), at the start of the fifth day of the XXI Central American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.


With the triumph, Guatemala reaches three victories with two defeats, while Belize remained with a 1-3 record.


The first set was hotly contested, maintaining equality until the end, with Belize taking a 21-20 lead, scoring 3 points in a row and winning 25-21.


In the second, Guatemala took advantage of two streaks that allowed it to have peace of mind; the first when they were even at 3 points (finished 8-3), then increased when 11-6 was shown on the board, reaching a 16-6 advantage, unattainable for the Belizeans.


Despite trying and putting pressure, Belize could not hold the rhythm of Guatemala, which had Rut Gómez to its best piece with 21 points, while Laura Cortéz, entering the change in the first two sets and being a starter in the remaining two, contributed 15 points. Belize captain Nelissa Ramírez scored 18 points and Sherika Burton had 17.


Guatemala led the attack 53-42 in attack, fell behind 5-6 in blocking and was the best 11-5 in service, with 32 errors from Belize and 24 of the winners.


María José Alvarez, captain of Guatemala: “I think we knew how to solve, our team is ready for more, we had just lost six sets, that affected us in the first, we knew how to restore our minds and recover our game. Our team has mental strength, we recover it little by little, as well as our confidence in ourselves”.


"The trust between us, the trust of our coaches to carry out the work on the court, our teammates who entered helped us a lot and that was the success of our team."


William Fernández, coach of Guatemala: “After having lost six sets in a row it was logical that it was difficult for the gear to work well in the first set; after that we found the rhythm, they regained their confidence in themselves, we adjusted well to the contrary and we achieved an important victory”.


"Belize is a fierce team, they do not give a ball for lost, in recent years they have improved the technical level together with that claw they have always had, it is a very difficult team to beat," said Fernández.


Guatemala will face El Salvador this Friday at 1:00 p.m., while Belize faces Nicaragua at 7:00 p.m.