Honduras Wins First NORCECA Match Versus St. Vincent
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 29, 2012) – Honduras
overcame a slow to capture its first match of the NORCECA Men’s
Junior Continental Championship with a 25-17, 25-11, 25-20
victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday
afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado
With the victory, Honduras (1-2) advances to Thursday’s
quarterfinal round as the third-place team in Pool A. They will
face the second-place team from Pool B. St. Vincent and the
Grenadines (0-3) will begin the 5-8 classification matches on
Friday against an opponent to be determined.
Frank Alley led Honduras with 10 points in the victory, while
Ricardo Vasquez contributed another nine points. Cristobal
Mardiaga added eight points as the setter.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines was led by Ijahlon Butler’s 11
points and teammate Jahmal Small added eight points.
Honduras held a 8-2 margin in blocks and a 6-2 advantage in aces.
Although St. Vincent and the Grenadines trailed only 32-26 in
kills, its 29 errors in the match were a major factor in the
St. Vincent and the Grenadines stayed close through second
technical timeout of the first set, but Honduras made a later
charge to win 25-17. Honduras continued its momentum with a
25-11 victory in the second set taking advantage of errors. In
the third set Honduras reached an 8-2, but St. Vincent and the
Grenadines closed to 15-12. Honduras closed out the match strong
“I want to congratulate St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a
good match,” Honduras captain Ricardo Vasquez said. “We knew
coming in that it would be a tough match against a hard rival.
Our strategies went as planned today. We had a little stumble in
the first set, but we got our engine running late and played
“First I want to congratulate St. Vincent for today’s match,”
Honduras coach Rony Martinez said. “We had a good game in our
receiving. Our setter was opening the game really well. Our
serving went well and that complicated St. Vincent and the
Grenadines in the game. We hope to play even better tomorrow.”
“Congratulations to Honduras for their efforts today,” St.
Vincent and the Grenadines Brian Burke said. “Coming into this
game we knew both teams needed to win and Honduras was the
better team today. We were inconsistent. To star the match we
were point-to-point with them, but we made too many errors, too
many service errors. That and service reception are things to
work on improving.
Looking ahead, this is the best we have played and hope to
continue playing better.
We are gaining valuable experience in this tournament.”
“I would like to congratulate Honduras for a good match,” St.
Vincent and the Grenadines captain Ijahlon Butler said. “I think
we started well but was too inconsistent. We will try to correct
our errors and play more consistent.”