On Saturday, December 2, Gabriel Nunez Jr. and Luis "Ricky" Luna, both of San Pedro, departed to compete at the Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua. Gaby and Ricky had won the recent qualification tournament to represent Belize at the Games. All 7 Central American countries were entitled to send one team each. Tournament format is a round-robin of all 7 teams followed by a final day of playoffs in single elimination following the seeding result from the round-robin. Matches started on Sunday, in Managua.
Team Belize entered the competition as 7th ranked and played some top contenders Nicaragua and Guatemala on Sunday. Team Belize played hard but lost to the more experienced teams: Nicaragua 21-12, 21-12 and to Guatemala 21-10, 21-15. On Tuesday, Belize plays Costa Rica at 1:00 pm and on Wednesday, plays Panama and El Salvador at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm back to back.
Team Belize's schedule as follows:
Sunday, 3rd Dec.: 10:00 am: BIZ vs NCA & 1:00 pm: BIZ vs GUA
Monday, 4th Dec.: 3:00 pm: BIZ vs HON
Tuesday, 5th Dec.: 1:00 pm: BIZ vs CRC
Wednesday, 6th Dec.: 3:00 pm: BIZ vs PAN & 4:00 pm: BIZ vs ESA
Thursday, 7th Dec. Rest Day for all teams
Friday, 8th Dec. Playoffs up to Championship
The Belize Volleyball Association wishes Team Belize the best of luck at the Central American Games.