Belize City, July 15, 2022.- Guatemala remains undefeated with three wins after beating El Salvador 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-14), on the fourth day of the XIX Central American Under-21 Female Volleyball Championship.
For Guatemala it was their first win in three sets, after beating Honduras and Nicaragua in five sets. Although El Salvador struggled in the first two episodes, they were unable to close strongly and Guatemala managed to impose their blockade.
María Andrea Santa Cruz with 15 points was the best for Guatemala and Naomi Monney finished with 11. For El Salvador, Geannine Velásquez was left with 14 and 12 points from Daniela López. Guatemala prevailed in attack 30-26, in blocking 10-6 and they were tied in services 8-8, with 29 errors by the Salvadorans to 22 by the winners.
Naomi Monney, captain of Guatemala: “I am super happy, we won and we have another match to be champions. I am happy with my team. Each one did what they had to do and we were able to get the homework done together. El Salvador made it difficult for us, the first sets were difficult, but always united and with confidence we came out ahead”.
María Santa Cruz, best scorer in Guatemala: “I feel quite proud of my team, very calm because of the camaraderie we have on the field, with our coaches, we analyze and solve problems on the field, we don’t give up, we fight for every point , we live it, we suffer it, always with grit and courage that we have been taught”.
William Fernández, coach of Guatemala: “We took the first set out of the freezer, as they say, we had to put the starting point guard, the physiotherapist did a great job (he injured his ankle in the first game), because we thought he would not play more in the tournament. El Salvador studied us well, they lacked confidence in the first set, but we won and arrived undefeated in the match against Belize, which is a final”.
María Rodríguez, captain of El Salvador: “I feel that we have been able to advance, little by little, we are improving as a team, we are getting to know each other better in the game, we lack experience, practice, but we really want to improve. ”.
Noé Fabián, coach of El Salvador: “We expected to be higher in the standings, they are not the results we wanted, but it is a fairly new team, it has not had the necessary pace of play, but we have learned a lot and we have El Salvador for many tournaments to come.”