Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2022. 5:44 pm CST.
Photo Credit: AFECAVOL
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize played their best game so far but lost 3-1 to Guatemala in AFECAVOL XIX Under-21 Central American Men’s Volleyball Championship in Nicaragua.
The Guatemalan side won 25-21, 25-11, 19-25, 25-10 at the Alexis Arguello Polideportivo.
After falling in the first two sets, the Belize team rallied back to take the third showing great determination, but unfortunately were run over in the last set.
Eleazar Mejia totalled 10 points while Preston Smith added 9 for Belize. José Pablo Pérez recorded 12 for Guatemala.
Again, as in the previous two games, errors cost Belize immensely, committing 46 to Guatemala’s 27. In attack, Guatemala gained 36 points to Belize’s 25. Belize made eight blocks to Guatemala’s four and served seven aces to Guatemala’s eight.
The Belize U-21 Men’s National Team has dropped to a 0-3 record and still have Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua left in the regional competition.
Today’s other games feature Costa Rica against Honduras and El Salvador against Nicaragua.
Momentarily, Guatemala lead with a 3-0 record followed by El Salvador with 2-0. Panama are 1-1, Nicaragua 1-0, Costa Rica 0-1, and Honduras 0-2.
Prior to today, Belize lost 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) to Panama on Thursday and 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-20) to El Salvador on Monday.
After today, Belize will face Costa Rica on Friday at 2:00 pm, Honduras on Saturday at 2:00 pm, and Nicaragua on Monday at 6:30 pm.
The regional championship is organized under the banner of the Central American Volleyball Federations Association (AFECAVOL).
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