Guatemala complete Men’s Central American hat-trick

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, November 5, 2021.- Guatemala complete a Central American hat-trick undefeated after prevailing over Costa Rica 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 26-24) at the XXI Men’s Central American Cup in Guatemala’s City Dome.

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Andy Leonardo scored 30 points to carry Guatemala in their third consecutive gold medal win, from a total of five, finishing the tournament with unbeaten 6-0 record and 27 points. Costa Rica won their second silver medal in a row, four overall with 5-1 record and 24 points.

Costa Rica pressed hard at the end, forcing Guatemala to lose two set points  (24-22) and (24-23) before their dramatic four set finish.

Guatemala outscored 55-52 in attacks and held a Slim 10-9 margin in blocks; Costa Rica had advantage in service points 6-3. Guatemala scored in 27 errors from Costa Rica and handed out 23.

Alongside Andy Leonardo, outside hitter Gerardo González scored 15 points and captain Carlos López contributed with 10 points. Opposite hitter Gilbert Solano led Costa Rica’s scorers with 23 points, followed by outside hitters Ricky Vargas and José Andrés Ortiz with 18 and 10 points.

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Reider Lucas, Head coach of Guatemala: “We knew we were going to face a difficult match, Costa Rica was doing well the entire tournament, performing well. We tried to study Costa Rica well, we spoke with our players, they gave everything; we wanted this outcome”.

Johan Morales, Head coach of Costa Rica: “I am really proud of my guys, this is just a beginning, it’s my first year with the national team and I believe this group will achieve big things. We knew Guatemala was strong, being the defending champion. My boys lost focus with some refereeing decisions; but still, Guatemala deserves the title”.

 

 

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