Guatemala beats Belize 3-1

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 20, 2022.- Guatemala prevailed 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 19-25, 25-10) against Belize to start day three at the XIX AFECAVOL Men’s U21 Central American Championship.  

Guatemalan Francisco Gamboa and José Pérez collected 12 points each and Javier Lucero 11; for Belize, Eleazar Mejía finished with 13 tallies and Preston Smith with 10.

Guatemala was better in attacks 36-25 and 8-7 in serves; Belize did better in blocks 8-4, mostly in the third set, Hakan Godoy was effective with three blocks. Belize committed 46 errors and Guatemala 27.

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Francisco Gamboa, top scorer of Guatemala: “We are doing well, in the end the team recovered from falling a set to Belize, with good energy, always high. I think the five sets we played against Costa Rica affected our physical condition a little and we’ve been performing coming from behind, because we are tired”.

José Pérez, outstanding player of Guatemala: “We finished with victory, but we aren’t happy because it wasn’t 3-0, earning five points was important, but that’s done, now we must continue adding points. We were too confident; things didn’t go well in the third and we lost it”.

On Friday, Belize faces Costa Rica at 2:00 p.m. and Guatemala meets with Nicaragua at  6:00 p.m.

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