Panama prevailed over Honduras in four sets
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 18, 2018. - Panama
prevailed over Honduras 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22) on the
third day of competition at the Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central
American Championship in Teodoro Palacios Flores in Guatemala
Panama stopped Honduras unbeaten record starting with a fast
tactic performance by a comfortable margin in sets one and two.
Honduras cracked Panama’s offense with longer rallies and
extending the actions to a fourth set.
Panama and Honduras have the same 2-1 win-loss record; still
Honduras is above Panama by a slim 10-9 ranking points.
Panama did better in spikes with 59-47 advantage and Honduras
held 10-9 margin in blocks; both teams scored on 3 aces. Panama
committed fewer unforced errors (22-26) than Honduras.
Outside hitter Felix Williams of Panama topped all scorers with
24 points including 22 kills and one ace. Williams was joined by
outside hitter Jose Soto with 17 points and middle blocker
Ludrik West with 13 points. Honduras had a balanced offense with
Arturo Duran (16), followed by Irvin Reyes (14), Juan Menjivar
(13) and Jose Espinal (10).
Panama (2-1) faces Costa Rica (1-2) on Wednesday and Honduras
(2-1) has the day off.
The top scorer Felix Williams of Panama said “we were
overconfident because we had already won the first two sets, my
team got relaxed and then we were nervous because Honduras was
pushing strong. We started to commit errors in every aspect, in
receiving, blocking, attacking and service. We have only lost
one game and we hope to win at least the silver medal”.
Alejandro Avila, captain of Honduras explained that his team got
into a better rhythm too late in the game “it was very
difficult, their middle blockers are very good and their team is
very tall. We couldn’t control the short diagonal combinations
up to the third set. We weren’t able to continue strong because
Panama’s blocking was too effective. This is only one loss; the
team should recover with better energy”.
Panama’s coach Horacio Angulo said “we made very good
combinations in the first sets, there were variations and my
captain (Ludrik) was very effective because the setter played
with him a lot. My boys got relaxed; Honduras moved forward 5-6
points in the third set, they know how to play well using their
outside hitters and we were in trouble trying to catch up; they
worked well hitting the ball against our blocks, so I had to
make some line-up adjustments changing our opposite (Osorio). I
changed the rotation so Williams could be down longer and it
Cuban Juan Andre Leon, coach of Honduras said his team put too
much pressure on themselves “my players committed too many
errors because they were anxious, comparing to Panama that
limited their errors. Our errors were foolish, and they only can
improve by playing more, being in training camps, competing more
to gain experience and this is one of the limitations of the
region that all the teams here have to face. Panama served