USA defeats Guatemala in their first match at NORCECA U19
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 6, 2018.-
The United States defeated Guatemala 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-18)
in their first match at the NORCECA U19 Boys’ Continental
Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica.
After a rough first set battling back and forth, the US boys
overwhelmed the Central American team in set two, finding better
rhythm to pull off their first victory in pool B.
United States prevailed on 36-12 margin in spikes, 7-1 in
blocks, 4-1 in serving points and scored on 40 opponent errors
while committing 28.
Playing two sets, Middle blockers Ethan Hill and Ethan Smith
scored 10 points and 8 points as top scorers; opposite Clarke
Godbold chipped in with 7 points. Wing spiker, Kevin Hoil of
Guatemala scored 5 points.
United States (1-0) has the day off on Thursday while Guatemala
(0-1) meets Cuba.
USA captain Joseph Karlous
“we were nervous going into our first international game. We’re
fine, we played totally fine and kept cool after set one. All
the jitters got away in set two; now everyone knows how we play.
This team is good on chemistry; we love each other and our
USA Coach Brad Keller,
who had the chance to use a different line-up in set three said
about their debut “the whole team and I were excited, it’s my
first time as head coach and for my guys their first
international experience, they have worked hard and they really
want to win. You want to get your first win so much that when
things don’t work exactly as planned you get a bit nervous. I
have a lot of faith in all our twelve guys and you will see
different line-ups depending on what we see, everyone brings
something different and I wanted to give all of them some time
on the court”.
Guatemala captain David Ismalej
“el trabajo en equipo funcionó muy bien y la actitud de todos
contribuyó a tener un excelente inicio. El recibo del equipo
falló en el resto del juego y Estados Unidos mejoró su
Guatemala coach Luis Fernando Castañeda
“me dio mucha ilusión ver el marcador tan apretado en el primer
set. Es una excelente experiencia para mis muchachos enfrentar a
un equipo de elite mundial; se gana. El equipo necesita mantener
la concentración para aprovechar las oportunidades como las que
tuvo ante Estados Unidos en el primer set y mejorar el recibo”.