Honduras with 2-0 record at AFECAVOL U23
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 17, 2018.- Honduras
defeated Belize 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20) improving their
win-loss record 2-0 at the Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central American
Championship being held at Teodoro Palacios Flores of Guatemala
Honduras worked hard to score against Belize, especially in sets
two and three that Belize led with a margin of 2 and 3 points.
In set two, Belize held a considerable 12-9 advantage that
Honduras recovered up to an even 17 points to keep on top.
Belize pushed harder in set three, keeping up longer rallies to
extend the actions to a fourth set.
Honduras outblocked Belize with impressive 15-7 margin, while
Belize held advantage in the other two categories with 47-40
margin in kills and 2-1 in aces. Honduras scored on 40 opponent
errors, allowing 31 points on theirs.
Honduras used a balanced offense with outside hitter Arturo
Duran scoring 13 points, middle blocker Irvin Reyes with 10
points, while setter Alejandro Avila and opposite player Juan
Menjivar added 9 points apiece. Outside hitter Francis Hauze of
Belize scored a match-high of 18 points on 16 kills and 2
blocks, followed by outside hitter Daryl Avila with 15 points on
13 kills and also with 2 blocks and by middle blocker Lirisi
Cayetano with 10 points.
On day three of competition, Honduras (2-0) will face Panama
(1-0) and Belize (0-2) has the day off.
Alejandro Avila, captain of Honduras said it wasn’t an easy task
to beat Belize “they play very high, they attack with strength
and we knew we had to be fast to counterattack, it worked well
in the first two sets but Belize improved and committed fewer
errors in the third set. We worked on serving better but
especially con blocking to finish on top”.
Cuban Juan Andres Leon head coach of Honduras said the game
level in Central America has improved a lot “you didn’t see
these good fights before. Belize jumps high and when their
setter puts the ball well, the result is always positive. Their
kills really hurt us, so we needed to work harder in blocking,
this was our best skill. I am very satisfied with my setter; he
blocks, attacks and defends”.
Captain Francis Hauze of Belize said to be satisfied with their
performance “it was very good fight, Honduras needed to work
hard. We wanted to pressure the entire game, but we need to
start off quicker and get into the game. Honduras was tactical
and we didn’t adjust quickly enough”.
Cuban Esmudio Limonta, head coach of Belize expressed “the team
was a bit more concentrated than yesterday; but Honduras is very
competitive, unfortunately we lost but someone will fall against
us soon. Comparing yesterday’s performance from todays, our
spikes, blocks and defense improved, serves were the same”.