SANTA ROSA DE COPAN, Honduras, September 13,
Guatemala scored its first win at the XIV Boys’
U19 Central American Championship of AFECAVOL
after defeating El Salvador 3-0 (25-15, 25-21,
25-22) at the Santa Rosa de Copan Gymnasium.
Guatemala improved their record to 1-2, for a
total of seven points and El Salvador has the
same record but with six points.
Guatemala dominated the first set, but in the
following two sets they needed great effort to
come from behind after El Salvador’s fast
The Guatemalan team prevailed over El Salvador
33-30 in attacks, 7-3 in blocks and 5-3 in aces,
while committing 22 errors against 30 from El
Outside hitter Pedro Villatoro with 10 points,
middle blocker Sergio Paz with 9 points and
outside hitter Roberto Recinos with 8 points led
Outside hitter Rafael Vargas and middle blocker
Ricardo Alegria were El Salvador’s leading
scorers with 9 and 8 points respectively.
On the penultimate day of competition Guatemala
(1-2) will face Honduras (0-2) and El Salvador
(1-2) against Nicaragua (1-1).
Pedro Villatoro, top scorer of Guatemala:
“we had a different mentality from the other two
matches, we were determined to win 3-0 to add
the necessary points to give us a chance to
reach the podium. Our attitude was crucial, we
Rafael Vargas, top scorer of Nicaragua:
“We didn’t react despite being ahead in the last
two sets. I believe we were overconfident, and
we lost energy. We couldn´t stabilize our serves
like we did against Honduras. We need to be more
focused for the next two matches, put the ball
in play and try to score”.