Honduras Edges Curacao in Close Match
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA (Aug. 31, 2012) – Honduras
rallied past Curacao 25-27, 25-19, 27-25, 25-19 Friday afternoon
during the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship at the
U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Honduras will now advance to the fifth-place place on Saturday
at 13:00 and will face Guatemala, while Curacao will play St.
Vincent and the Grenadines at 11:00 on Saturday for seventh
Ricardo Vasquez led Honduras with 17 points, while teammates
Jose Vasquez contributed 15 points and Frank Alley 13 points.
Quinten Anthony paced Curacao with 26 points while Jurcham
Meulens followed with 21 points.
Honduras benefited from 44 Curacao errors in the match to its
own 22 in offsetting Curacao’s 59-48 margin in kills. Honduras
held a slim 9-7 block advantage.
Honduras rattled off three straight for a 23-22 lead in the
opening set. Curacao saved two set points and gained the lead at
26-25 and won the set 27-25 on an ace by Quinten Anthony.
Honduras opened a 7-1 advantage in the second set, but Curacao
rallied to within 11-9. Honduras answered with three quick
points assuming a 14-9 lead and maintained the momentum for a
25-19 victory. Curacao recovered from an 8-5 deficit in the
third set to level the score at 10-all. Honduras maintained a
slim lead until Curacao tied the set at 23-all with back-to-back
points, but Honduras put the set away at 27-25 on its third
set-point chance. After Curacao rallied to tie the fourth set at
11-all, Honduras rolled to a 16-12 advantage and capped the
match with a 25-19 victory.
“I want to congratulate Curacao for a great match today,”
Honduras head coach Rony Martinez said. “Our team did really
well in its attitude on the court. We performed well in defense
and blocking. We hope to get even better tomorrow versus
“Well, first I want to congratulate Curacao as they gave us a
tough match,” Honduras captain Ricardo Vasquez said. “They were
fighting through the match, but we kept fighting. We got to the
fourth set and finished strong. Guatemala has always been a
tough team, but if we play like we did today with attitude and
go for each ball, I think we will win.”
“I would like to congratulate Honduras for the win,” Curacao
head coach Paulina Gilbert said. “In the first set we played
defense and had a good attack. In the other sets, Honduras’
defense was better.”
“Congratulations to Honduras for winning today,” Curacao captain
Raynold Marchena said. “Today our team began well in the first
set. The Honduras defense was very good today. Today, we played
good as well.”