By Rubén Morales Iglesias:Cabinet congratulated the U-21 Belize National Women’s Volleyball Team and the coaching staff on winning the silver medal in the XIX U-21 Female Central American Volleyball Championship held here.
In its July 21 Brief, Cabinet also “commended the organizers for the excellent work of hosting the regional volleyball tournament”.
Belize finished second to Guatemala, falling in the final game 2 sets to 3 (19-25, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 11-15) in a highly competitive match.
The Belize National Team had prior to the final game defeated Honduras, Nicaragua, and Honduras without dropping a set.
According to Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) president Allan Sharp this is Belize’s fourth silver medal over the past few years.
“We are super proud of what we did, and we know that we’re right on the cusp of winning gold,” said Sharp.
“In 2018, the Senior National Female Team came in second right here in Belize. The Under-23 Women’s Team in 2019 came in second in Nicaragua. In that tournament Fatima Ramirez won best attacker when she was much younger. The Under18 Belize Women’s Team in 2019 in Costa Rica came in second as well,” Sharp noted.
Apart from the second-place finish, Belize won five individual awards. Fatoumata Camara, who is better known as Fatima Ramirez, Best Spiker, and Best Receiver. Gareth Bruce was voted 2nd Best Spiker. Iman Safa received the Best Setter award while captain Sofia Solano got recognition as Best Libero.
Other members of the U-21 Belize Women’s National Volleyball Team Kaleigh Cardinez, Marci Mejia, Ziane Henderson, Jevia Leslie, Nissan Martinez, Blessed Omamurhe, Zalika Henderson, Khaya Gordon, Kaeley Bennett, and Avianka Avila.
Team Belize was headed by Cuban coach Jose Fontes and Belizean coaches Lupita Quan, Nelissa Ramirez, and Lawrence Bennett.