El Salvador remains undefeated at AFECAVOL U21
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, October 1, 2019.-
Host El Salvador remained undefeated at the eighteenth
AFECAVOL U21 Men’s Central American Championship after
winning to Honduras 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-11, 25-15) on
Tuesday at FESAVOL Gymnasium.
It was a rollercoaster victory for El Salvador as they led
sets one and three by comfortable advantage. Honduras
remained on top the entire second set and El Salvador
recovered from a five-point deficit (6-11) taking their
second consecutive victory of the tournament.
El Salvador led 38-28 in attacks and 7-5 in serves; Honduras
held a slim 12-11 margin in blocks. El Salvador committed 24
unforced errors and scored 33 points from Honduras’ errors.
Middle blocker Diego Guidos led El Salvador once again by
scoring 21 points on 14 kills and 6 huge blocks; outside
hitter Alejandro Navarro chipped in with 12 points on 11
kills and one ace. On Honduras side, opposite player
Alejandro Lobo scored 12 points on 7 kills and 5 monster
blocks, outside hitters Allan Escoto and Kevin Herrera
contributed with 10 points apiece.
El Salvador (2-0) plays against Guatemala (1-1) on
Wednesday, while Honduras (1-1) meets Panama (0-1).
Diego Guidos, Captain of El Salvador: “We were able to fix
our receiving errors, we followed our coaches’ instructions
carefully, and we attacked where they told us. We are happy
to come out on top”.
Allan Escoto, Captain of Honduras: “El Salvador has a good
team; they gave us a hard time. We followed our coaches’
instructions but our attitude was low and we let El Salvador
catch up in the last set which we were comfortably leading
Alexander Polanco, Head Coach of El Salvador: “It was a
rollercoaster, which is normal because they are young and
can’t control their emotions, sometimes they were too
anxious. The team is on the right track, we were able to
keep on serving, we kept control of the net; we have the
height for blocking and we were good counterattacking”.
Osiel Vásquez, Head Coach of Honduras: “The guys could keep
their game level, which is natural in this category, they
are too unstable. Once the complex one (receive, pass,
attack) worked, we were successful; in the set we won it
worked one hundred percent. I tried to make changes with
bench players to help the team calm down but it didn’t work