Guatemala earns semifinal spot with tie-break win to Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 9, 2018.-
Guatemala earned their semifinal spot with a tie-break win to
Costa Rica 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 27-25, 15-13) at the
NORCECA U19 Boys’ Continental Championship in San Jose, Costa
The Central American classic did not disappoint. Despite the
enormous 23-9 margin in blocks by host Costa Rica, Guatemala
scored on 41 opponent errors, deciding the tie-breaker. Costa
Rica also held advantage in attacks by 51-50 and in service
Costa Rica’s efforts in set four recovering from an eight point
deficit (16-22) weren’t enough to prevent the tie-break.
Guatemala’s wing spiker Kevin Hoil topped all scorers with 22
points on 19 kills and 3 aces. Wing spiker David Ismalej added
14 points and oppsite José Francisco Zuñiga 11 points. Costa
Rica balanced their offense with five players finishing with
double digit, wing spiker Deykel Smith (21), opposite Dowshel Mc
Donald (15), wing spiker Jefferson Guzman (14), middle blockers
Juan Diego Arrieta (12) and Yeyco Jimenez (12).
In semifinals Guatemala faces Cuba or Puerto Rica, waiting for
the other quarterfinal result between USA and Nicaragua.
Wing spiker Kevin Hoil of Guatemala:
“I am really excited, it was a tough battle and I must thank my
team. This is a team effort and we are really glad to come and
doing a good job here”.
Coach Luis Fernando Castañeda of Guatemala:
“I made a mistake in the last set and my boys were able to
redirect; they are the ones who deserve earned the victory, they
were disciplined and did not lose their head against Costa
Rica’s pressure. Our reception allowed us to perform in system”.
Coach Juan Acuña of Costa Rica:
“Guatemala improved from the last time we faced them in Panama;
they came well prepared and they fought strongly. We lacked
decision in sets four and five, it’s a shame because there are
many plans with this group of players”.
Captain Juan Arrieta of Costa Rica:
“Guatemala is not easy; we lacked concentration. We were the
ones with numerous errors, costing us the loss”.