Posted: Friday, July 29, 2022. 10:18 am CST.
Photo Credit: Belize Volleyball
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: After beating Panama in straight sets on opening day, Team Belize play their second game against powerhouse Costa Rica on Friday at 4:30 pm in the U-23 Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Jorge Galeano Gymnasium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
The Belize National Team beat Panama 25-14, 25-11, 25-12 in the opening match of the regional tournament organized by the Association of Central American Volleyball Federations (Afecavol).
Blessed Omamurhe scored 11 points while Khaya Gordon and Nisaan Martinez had 10 each for Belize. For Panama, their captain Karla Ortíz scored 8 points. Afecavol reported that Belize outscored 41-16 in attack, 8-2 in blocking, and 5-2 in service. Panama committed 21 errors while Belize made 17.
“We are happy with the result. Panama was not a very demanding team. It wasn’t what we expected but it was good to win in three sets. I think we are playing at a high level, [today] is going to be a big game against Costa Rica and we know it will be a very tough game,” said Belizean captain Sofia Solano.
José Fontés, coach of Belize: “It wasn’t a great level game; even we started a little nervous,” said Belize’s coach José Fontes.
“Panama is paying the price for the lack of competitions in recent years … for us to start with a win is very important. We know that the rest of the games will be very difficult.”
The Panamanian coach Eliot Clark said Belize is no longer the Cinderella of the competition.
“They’ve put a lot of work into it and now they’re a great team and you have to respect them. They played very well, they won their game well played and we lacked experience. Expect a lot from us in the next games, we will grow little by little,” said Clark.
Panama open Friday’s games at 2:00 p.m. against Nicaragua. That will be followed by the Costa Rica-Belize game at 4:30 pm. Guatemala will close against hosts Honduras at 7:00 pm.
Team Belize rests on Saturday.
Belize Team plays its third game on Sunday against Guatemala at 4:30 pm.
The team’s fourth game will be against homestanding Honduras on Monday at 7:00 pm.
On Tuesday, Team Belize will play against El Salvador at 5:00 pm before the final game against Nicaragua on Wednesday at 5:00 pm.
GIMNASIO JORGE GALEANO
THURSDAY 28 JULY 2022
14:00 1 BIZ – PAN
16:30 2 NCA – GUA
19:00 3 HON – ESA
FRIDAY 29 JULY 2022
14:00 4 PAN – NCA
16:30 5 CRC – BIZ
19:00 6 GUA – HON
SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022
14:00 7 NCA – CRC
16:30 8 ESA – GUA
19:00 9 HON – PAN
SUNDAY 31 JULY 2022
14:00 10 ESA – NCA
16:30 11 GUA – BIZ
19:00 12 PAN – CRC
MONDAY 1 AUGUST 2022
14:00 13 ESA – CRC
16:30 14 GUA – BREAD
19:00 15 HON – BIZ
TUESDAY 2 AUGUST 2022
14:00 16 CRC – GUA
16:30 17 BIZ – ESA
19:00 18 NCA – HON
WEDNESDAY 3 AUGUST 2022
14:00 19 PAN – ESA
16:30 20 BIZ – NCA
19:00 21 CRC – HON
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