Nicaragua beat Belize in a hard fought battle of four sets

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, October 30, 2021. - Nicaragua beat Belize in a hard fought battle of four sets 3-1 (27-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23) on opening day of the twenty first Men’s Central American Cup at Guatemala’s City Dome.

Nicaragua won their opening match prevailing over Belize with very close scores throughout the game. Nicaragua recovered from a five-point deficit (16-21) to win an extended first set. Belizeans came out stronger in the second with top scorers Karim Coleman, Francis Hauze and Bryton Codd offense over the net. Nicaraguans reaction in the last two sets neutralized their opponent that kept the scores always close and tied on numerous occasions.

Nicaragua benefited from 31 Belizean errors while committing 21. Belize led 59-55 in attacks and by a huge 12-6 margin in blocks; Nicaragua performed better in serves with 4-2 advantage.

Nicaragua’s leading scorers were opposite hitter Axel Gutierrez with 21 points, who made his senior debut, outside hitter Jonny Zeledon added 17 points, including 3 aces and outside hitter Byron Hernández contributed with 16 points.

Belizean opposite hitter Karym Coleman scored impressive 30 points all on kills, followed by outside hitter Francis Hauze with 18 points including 5 blocks and Bryton Codd tallied 15 points including 2 aces.
Nicaragua rests on Saturday while Belize faces El Salvador at 4:00pm

Axel Gutiérrez, leading scorer Nicaragua: “I feel proud of contributing with Nicaragua, I am satisfied that things came out well. Our coach adjusted our blocking to stop Coleman who usually doesn’t attack to the line and that gave us the victory”.

Karym Coleman, top scorer of Belize: “We decided to focus on the things we weren’t doing correctly, but for the most part we haven’t been training together because a lot of us are studying abroad, I came in this morning. This game is just showing we are trying to get a rhythm with the rest of the team but I think we’re going to get better, trust each other more and get stronger”.