SANTA ROSA DE COPAN, Honduras, September 15,
Costa Rica was crowned AFECAVOL Boys’ U19
Three-Time undefeated Champion beating El
Salvador 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-16) on Thursday
at the Santa Rosa de Copan Gymnasium.
Costa Rica won their eight AFECAVOL title, their
third in a row, with perfect 5-0 record and 25
points, with 15 sets in favor and none against,
strengthening their supremacy in the age-group
category, since the creation of the event in
1982 they have reached the Central American
Costa Rica lost three set points (24-19) before
winning the second set and coming from behind in
the third before becoming undefeated champion.
Costa Rica prevailed over El Salvador in every
element of the game, attacks (38-24), blocks
(7-2) and serves (4-2). Both teams committed a
similar number of unforced errors, Costa Rica
with 24 and El Salvador with 26.
Two players of Costa Rica scored double-digits,
opposite hitter and team captain David Cordoba
with 18 points on 15 attacks, two blocks and one
ace, and outside hitter Stanley Grant with 14
points from 13 attacks and one ace.
The leading scorer of El Salvador was outside
hitter Rafael Vargas with 8 points, joined by
outside hitter Marlon Solorzano with 7 points.
Robertocarlo Argüello, head coach Costa Rica:
“We were prepared for a complicated match
because they (El Salvador) had nothing to lose,
and our closing could have been difficult. On
our way from Costa Rica, we were determined to
go back undefeated, with 15 sets in favor and
none against. Thank God all the effort of this
team during practices, training camps in Costa
Rica gave its fruits”.
Gerardo Hernández, head coach of El Salvador:
“I am glad about my boys, for the eleven players
this was a great experience competing at an
international event. At the beginning of the
tournament, we had hopes for more, but the level
of play of the under-19 category in Central
America has improved, which is good to compete
outside our region. We are leaving satisfied
with the job done, the boys enjoyed themselves
and learned a lot from all the matches”.