Mexico Stops Honduras to go 2-0 at NORCECA
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 28, 2012) – Mexico handled
Honduras 25-15, 26-24, 25-14 Tuesday afternoon in Pool B to
improve to 2-0 in the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental
Championship being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mexico will finish the preliminary round on Wednesday evening
against host United States at 17:30, while Honduras will look to
reach the win column on Wednesday against St. Vincent and the
Grenadines at 13:00.
Jesus Alberto Perales paced Mexico with 11 points, while
teammate Sergio Perez tallied 10 points. Jose Mendez turned in
Honduras was led by Jose Vasquez’s eight points, while Alex
Padilla and Ricardo Vasquez added seven points each.
Mexico held slim edges of 6-3 in blocks and 4-1 in aces. Mexico
benefited from 23 Honduras errors while having just 21 errors of
Mexico rallied from a 10-8 deficit in the opening set, sparked
by an 8-1 run en route to a 25-15 victory. Honduras started the
second set strong with a 13-10 advantage, but Mexico charged to
a 14-13 lead. Honduras knotted the score up 23-23 on two
straight points only to have Mexico win the set 26-24 with the
final two points. Mexico reached an 11-4 advantage in the third
set with five straight points after Padilla went down with an
injury. Mexico finished out the set at 25-14.
“We started out very slow,” Mexico head coach Justo Arias said.
“We were a little nervous, so we made some technical changes and
the team did great because they were ready. I think the third
game we had confidence. I am sorry about the Honduras player who
was injured. I want to congratulate Honduras for giving us a
“We knew it would be a hard match today,” Mexico captain
Jonathan Ponce said. “Personally, I was a little nervous today
and so was the team. Everybody saw that. Our setter did a great
job coming into the match. Tomorrow will be a good match (with
“We had a lack of attitude today and that was affected even more
when one of our best players and leaders on the court got
injured,” Honduras head coach Rony Martinez said. “Our setter
did well today and opened up the game. We failed to follow the
instructions given in the technical meeting before the match.”
“We knew this would be a tough match,” Honduras captain Ricardo
Vasquez said. “We did not do our best today. We want to
congratulate Mexico for a great match.”