Cuba downs Honduras in NORCECA U19 debut
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 6, 2018. - Cuba downed Honduras 3-0
(25-9, 25-10, 25-10) in their NORCECA U19 Boys’ Continental
Championship debut a qualifier to the FIVB age-group World
Cuba had little resistance to pull off their victory in group B,
while using all their players in a match that lasted only
The Caribbean team outnumbered Honduras in every category: 36-11
in attacks, 12-0 in blocks and 11-0 in serves. Cuba handed out
18 points in errors and Honduras totaled 16.
Cuban wing spikers Jose Miguel Gutierrez and Victor Andreu
topped all scorers with 11 points apiece, followed by opposite
Alexei Ramirez with 10 points, while setter Christian Thondike
and middle blocker Luis Vidal Allen contributed with 9 points
each. Middle blocker David Pineda of Honduras scored 4 points.
Thursday’s group B actions features Cuba (1-0) against Guatemala
(0-1) and United States (1-0) faces Honduras (0-1).
Cuba coach Mario Izquierdo
“There is no small opponent, we are focused on that; we come
here to face whatever comes our way, we respect everyone and we
come well prepared. I liked the way my boys fought and the well
they followed the instructions given before today’s match”.
Cuba captain Chrisitan Thondike
“We were aiming to win, everything turned out well; we come well
prepared. Many people are involved in our preparation, we always
look to come on top and our goal is to qualify to the world
Honduras coach Alejandro Castillo
“We all aware of Cuba’s quality and we already knew tonight’s
outcome. This match helps my team prepare better. Our defense
and passing worked well in set two”.
Honduras captain Allan Escoto
“We are short and they are tall, this makes all the difference.
We did our best; we defended as much as possible and we fought
up to the end; we aren’t here to fool around, we are ready to