SANTA ROSA DE COPAN, Honduras, September 15,
Guatemala finished AFECAVOL Boys’ U19 Sub
Champion defeating Nicaragua 3-0 (25-22, 25-17,
25-11) at the Santa Rosa de Copan Gymnasium.
Guatemala ended the evento with 3-2 record and
17 points, winning their seventh silver medal in
this age-group, their fourth in a row. Nicaragua
finished with a 3-2 record and 11 points:
waiting for the result between Belize and
Honduras for their final position in the
The first set was the most challenging, but
Guatemala was unstoppable in the next two; in
the second set jumping to an 11-2 advantage to
move forward in the third set for a huge 21-8
El primer set fue el más disputado, pero
Guatemala fue imparable en los siguientes dos;
en el segundo saltando a una ventaja de 11-2
para luego entrar al tercero alcanzando una
ventaja de 21-8.
Guatemala held a 27-24 advantage in attacks and
8-5 in blocks, while Nicaragua held a 5-4 margin
in serves. Guatemala scored 36 points from
Nicaraguan errors and handed out 16.
Outside hitter Roberto Recinos scored 9 points
as Guatemala’s leading scorer. Als contributing
in the win was outside hitter Pedro Villatoro
and middle blocker Sergio Paz with 8 points
Scoring a match-high was Nicaraguan Evans Solis
with 14 points, all on kills; accompanied by
setter Cristhoper Castillo with 8 tallies.
Luis Fernando Castañeda, head coach of
“We were aware of the importance of this game,
maybe the most important one of the competition,
we didn’t want to be left out of winning a
medal. The boys went out with all they had and
played good volleyball; I recognize their
effort. This is the result of the harmony
between the athletes and the coaching staff, my
assistant (my father) who has a great lot of
experience and the physiotherapist who was
always taking care of the athletes’ well-being”.
Jorge Mena, head coach of Nicaragua:
“Every match is different, the opponent came out
to win and they have a lot of experience. We are
a young team who needs continuity because they
are capable, but the pressure was too much, they
couldn’t handle it mentally”.