El Salvador earns first win in spectacular five-set comeback
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 20, 2018. - El Salvador
earned their first win at the Men’s AFECAVOL U23 Central
American Championship in spectacular five set comeback over
Honduras 3-2 (19-25, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25, 15-11) at Teodoro
Palacios Flores Gymnasium of Guatemala City.
El Salvador recovered from a 0-2 set deficit outblocking
Honduras with a comfortable 14-8 margin improving their win-loss
record to 1-4 and putting Honduras in a difficult position with
Honduras edged El Salvador in the first two sets but always
keeping them really close. In set three, El Salvador jumped to
an impressive 12-2 lead, cracking out Honduras’ offensive line.
El Salvador’s repeated their storming performance winning a
thrilling fourth set and forcing the tie-break.
In spikes, both teams scored 53 points; El Salvador led in
blocks 14-8 and Honduras in aces 2-0. El Salvador scored on 42
opponent errors while allowing 38 points.
Both teams used a balanced offense; El Salvador with outside
hitter Josue Palma with a match-high of 18 points, followed by
middle blocker Manuel Platero who scored 16 points including 5
monster blocks, middle blocker Eduardo Ramos joined the party
with 12 points and middle blocker Aaron Arteaga added 10 points.
For Honduras, outside hitter Arturo Duran finished with 16
points, middle blocker Irvin Reyes scored 13 points including 4
blocks, opposite Juan Menjivar also scored 13 points and outside
hitter Jose Espinal chipped in with 10 points.
El Salvador (1-4) will rest on Friday and Honduras (2-2) will
face the defending champion and host Guatemala (3-0).
Banner Godoy captain of El Salvador said “we had already
committed every error possible after four losses, so today we
decided it was going to be different, we were going to lose or
win but with honor. We defended everything and the result was
our victory, we had fun, we had confidence in each other and
maybe this was the most important part of the game”.
Head coach Feridth Alabi of El Salvador said the difference
today was that his guys wanted to win “the team’s attitude was
that of winners and they followed instructions well. The
communication was better, they played well and everyone
supported the team, even the bench players; I am super
Captain of Honduras Alejandro Avila said it was a tough duel “we
won the first two sets following our coaches’ instructions and
it was a good result. In the third set the team was conformist
and the consequence was high. It’s a loss that puts us in a
difficult ranking position”.
Cuban Juan Andrés León coach of Honduras indicated his team was
pressured “they can’t put up with the pressure, and I don’t have
a leader. Our opponent took advantage of our own pressure and
won. This can be resolved only by playing more because we are
well physically and technically well prepared; we have to
compete because they were performing well and when they’re down
they can’t respond; the psychological part is covered, we need