Guatemala retains AFECAVOL U23 title with one match left
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 21, 2018. - Guatemala
retained the Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central American title with
still one match left after defeating Honduras 3-0 (25-17, 25-14,
25-17) at Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium in Guatemala City.
Host Guatemala earned their fifth consecutive win accumulating
25 ranking points inaccessible for any other opponent, even
losing to Costa Rica in their last match in the tournament.
Guatemala wins their fourth consecutive title, in the same
number of editions of the event.
It was a well disputed first set up to the second technical
timeout as Honduras’ blocking offense stopped Guatemala from
moving forward easily. It was a matter of time for Guatemala to
edge Honduras unleashing their fullest of abilities and becoming
Guatemala held advantage in kills with 33-22 margin; they also
outblocked with 11-7 and led in aces 3-1. Guatemala scored on 28
opponent errors while limiting theirs to 18.
Once again Guatemala finished with a balanced offense among
middle blocker Edras Pineda with 12 points including 5 monster
blocks, outside hitter Wagner Chacon recorded 11 point and
opposite Erick Flores scored 10 points all on kills. Honduras
top scorer was outside hitter Arturo Duran with 7 points.
On the last day of competition, Honduras (2-3) faces Nicaragua
(3-2) both still have a shot to reach the podium.
Carlos Lopez captain of Guatemala indicated “we are glad, with
one match left we are already champions. We want to enjoy this
moment, we are very happy to be four-time champions. Our
character and attitude allowed us to get into rhythm, playing
together. Tomorrow it will be a difficult match against Costa
Rica and we hope to finish with a victory”.
Head coach of Guatemala, Cuban Reider Lucas was very emotional
“it’s hard work, the team gave everything, the result turned out
well and I congratulate them, it’s a really good thing”.
Captain of Honduras Alejandro Avila said they were prepared for
one of the toughest games of the tournament “nevertheless we
enjoyed ourselves, the first and third sets we pressured strong
up to point 16; we committed some collective errors that we lost
concentration. We fought strong with good attitude”.
Cuban Juan Andrés León, coach of Honduras said they still can
win a medal “technically speaking the team knows how to play,
the problem is that they put too much pressure on themselves and
they lose concentration, they don´t know what to do, just like
today. The team needs a leader on the court. It’s a phenomenon
that can be solved competing more and going out our zone to