Costa Rica topped Honduras in straight sets

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, October 31 2021. - Costa Rica topped Honduras in straight sets 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-15) on day two of the XXI Men’s Central American Cup being held at Guatemala’s City Dome.


Costa Rica controlled all the actions against Honduras, having more resistance from Honduras as the match had a faster rhythm. Costa Rica reached a huge 11-3 advantage in the third set which Honduras had no chance to recover from.


Costa Rica held a huge 54-22 advantage in attacks over Honduras, 5-1 in blocks and 4-0 in service points, but allowed 25 points from unforced errors against 21 of Honduras.


Opposite hitter Gilberth Solano of Costa Rica led all scorers with 16 points (12 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces); outside hitter and captain Richard Smith scored 12 points for Costa Rica, all in kills, and

José Andrés Ortiz added 10 points from 7 kills, one block and 2 aces. On Honduras side, outside hitter Arturo Durán scored 10 points.


Honduras will face Belize at 1:00pm on Monday and Costa Rica has the day off.


Gilberth Solano, top scorer of Costa Rica: “Our teamwork was impressive, this team is very united and everyone added their part for the win. The confidence the team puts in me is very important. I am here to focus on teamwork, I represent Costa Rica, to score for my team and reach our goal”.


Johan Morales, Head coach of Costa Rica: “We respect all our opponents; things worked well for us today. I believe our tactic in service worked out well, we had a positive blocking and that forced Honduras to commit more errors. There are things to improve, we can’t be too confident because all our opponents are strong, not every game is the same and we must keep focused”.


Luis Membreño, captain of Honduras: “We perform with different rhythms, sometimes faster and others not so much, we are down by eight points and then it’s too late to recover; it’s not an excuse, but this is what happens when you lack activity. Costa Rica is doing really well”.