United States rock solid win against Honduras
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 7, 2018.-
With another rock solid performance in group B, United States
beat Honduras 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 14) at the NORCECA U19 Boys’
Continental Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The US players still had a rocky beginning just like their first
match of the event but had no difficulties to move forward with
every player having the chance to chip in their second victory.
United States easily kept their undefeated mark with an
overpowering 39-7 margin in kills, 6-2 margin in blocking and
5-0 in service points. The US allowed 36 points on unforced
errors while Honduras committed 25.
USA wing spiker Alexander Knight aced his way with five serving
points, scoring 13 points for a match-high. Opposite Scott Solan
and middle blocker Ethan Hill registered seven points each.
With their second victory, the United States (2-0) is set to
battle against Cuba (2-0) for top spot in pool B and advanced
directly into semifinals.
About tonight’s performance, USA captain Joseph Karlous
expressed “For us the key was to stay focused, the first set was
a little rocky again but we stayed together with chemistry and
being strong”. Speaking about Cuba he added “we’re just going to
do our job and play USA volleyball”.
USA Head coach Brad Keller said about another slow beginning
“it’s excitement; tonight we were a little more settled and at
the end of the day we continued to get better, which I’m fine
with. We were good in serves, even though we missed a lot of
them and our passing was good also”. Looking ahead of facing
Cuba, “the two countries have a lot of pride, we both play are
really good at volleyball; we’ll see good technicalities and big
swings, just more exciting moments”.
Alejandro Castillo, Head coach of Honduras said they were
prepared for a difficult match but it’s a dream to be here “we
learn from this experience, my team came from less to more, we
improved our reception and our reaction in defense. We need good
energy for a good match against Guatemala”.
Setter Matthew Gernat of Honduras expressed “United States has
strength, they’re tall and they hit everything, we have lots to
learn; we weren’t able to control their serves. Against
Guatemala we want to play orderly and tactically while defending
and attacking, we must be effective in serves”.