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Belize drop 2nd game, lose to Nicaragua at VI Under 23 Central American Volleyball Championship

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2024. 8:43 am CST.

Fatima Ramirez (14) on the offensive against Nicaragua – Photo Credit: AFECAVOL

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize lost to Nicaragua 1-3 (21-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-25) on Monday in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. That was Belize’s second consecutive loss at the AFECAVOL VI Under 23 Central American Volleyball Championship after falling to Guatemala 2-3 on Opening Day on Sunday.

Fatima Ramirez (Fatoumata Camara) scored 15 points for Belize while Nisaan Martinez recorded 14, including three blocks..

Britanny Forbes tallied 20 points for Nicaragua with María José Rivera adding 12.

Belize’s assistant coach told AFECAVOL that Belize didn’t block well and played poorly in defence. He said Belize could have done it better but figures they can still improve.

Nicaragua coach Claudia Noguera said Nicaragua scored a important victory while saying Belize is a very strong team in attack and blocking, adding that their defense was fundamental.

The Belize U23 National Team will now face powerhouse Costa Rica at 2:30 pm on Tuesday.

In the first game on Tuesday, Costa Rica routed Panama 3-0 (25-14, 25-8 y 25-11) and in the final game on Tuesday, Guatemala swept El Salvador 3-0 (25-20, 25-19 y 25-23).

Nicaragua and Guatemala lead the tournament with two wins and no losses. They are followed by Costa Rica and Honduras who are 0-1. Belize, El Salvador, and Panama trail with 0-2 records.

AFECAVOL is the Association of Central American Volleyball Federations.

Team Belize celebrate a point against Nicaragua – Photo Credit: AFECAVOL

Team Belize stand to attention as Belize’s National Anthem plays before game against Nicaragua – Photo Credit: AFECAVOL

 

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