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Belize face Puerto Rico in U21 Women NORCECA Pan Am Volleyball Cup on Thursday

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2023. 1:58 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Afecavol

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize challenge Puerto Rico today Thursday starting at 2:00 pm (3:00 pm Bze Time) in the U21 Women’s NORCECA Pan American Volleyball Cup in Nogales, Mexico.

The Belize team hopes to have a better performance today after falling to Cuba in straight sets 14-25, 12-25, 18-25 in their first game on Wednesday.

While our team outplayed Cuba in aces, recording 7 to Cuba’s 4, the Cubans doubled Belize in attacks 40-21, were dominant in blocks 10-4, and only made 12 errors to Belize’s 21.

After the game, Belize’s captain Fatima Ramirez, said the Belize team respected Cuba too much but should improve against Puerto Rico.

“We expected Cuba to be bigger and more advanced, but we are in the same league,” Ramirez said.

“Because we have never played a continental championship before, this was completely new for the team, and I think we were too scared. Cuba was a beatable team, so we fell short in mentality. The next match we must come out believing we belong in this tournament”.

Belize’s top player was opposite hitter Nisaan Martinez who totalled 9 points on 5 kills, two blocks and two aces.

Cuba were led by opposite hitter Lisania Grafort with 18 points on 15 kills, one block and two aces.

Belize’s U21 Women National Volleyball Team vs Cuba (Photo Credit: Afecavol)

“We were all nervous, both the girls and the technical staff because it’s our first experience playing a Norceca,” Belize head coach José Fontes said.

“I am satisfied with the first match; we will grow as the championship develops; we are leaving this match knowing they can give more”.

Belize’s final Group A game will be against hosts Mexico at 2:00 pm (3:00 pm Bze Time) on Friday, May 26.

In the other Group A game on Wednesday, Mexico beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-21.

In Pool B, the United States beat Guatemala 3-0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-14) and the Dominican Republic dropped Costa Rica 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-17).

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook Live Codeson Sonora. You can also follow it on the Belize Volleyball Facebook page.

SCHEDULE

May 25

2:00 pm (3:00 pm Bze Time) Puerto Rico v Belize

4:00 pm (5:00 pm Bze Time) Guatemala v Costa Rica

6:00 pm (7:00 pm Bze Time) Dominican Republic v United States

8:00 pm (9:00 pm Bze Time) Mexico v Cuba

May 26

8:00 am (9:00 am Bze Time) Cuba v Puerto Rico

10:00 am (11:00 am Bze Time) United States v Costa Rica

12:00 noon (1:00 pm Bze Time) Dominican Republic v Guatemala

2:00 pm (3:00 pm Bze Time) Mexico v Belize

Quarterfinals

May 26

8:00 pm (9:00 pm Bze Time) 2nd B v 3rd A

10:00 pm (11:00 pm Bze Time) 2nd A v 3rd B

The schedule for Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28 remains the same.

Belize’s U21 Women National Volleyball Team (Photo Credit: Afecavol)

 

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