Coaches expect an even tournament
PANAMA CITY, Panama, October 18, 2017 - The 12th U19 Men's
Volleyball Championship kicked off Wednesday with the
presentation of the teams in the preliminary interview and the
confirmation of six countries in the competition, with the
exception of Belize.
The coaches of the different teams all agree that it will be a
very even tournament, as it is the first category in competition
at the AFECAVOL level, few players have international experience
and are still correcting technical issues with the players.
Juan Acuña, coach of Costa Rica: "We have been working with this
group for a year and I consider that we have a good team, since
that has been a limitation in these categories. We have good
volleyball, but we did not choose players with good size and
that cost us in the last Central American (sub 21) in Nicaragua.
At these ages everything can happen, so I do not see favorites
in the tournament. "
Osman Hernandez, of Nicaragua: "All the teams are going to do
their best to win the tournament, just like us. We hope that
some of the boys who have had experience already assume this
responsibility and support their peers. An important aspect will
be emotional stability as we work hard on players to reduce the
Ulises Trujillo, of El Salvador: "This category is difficult,
here it is fundamental to establish the bases of volleyball,
they are 16-17 boys who are in training, some with technical
problems and have to spend a lot of time to correct those
Alejandro Castillo, of Honduras: "The objective of our
participation is the training of players, none has a trajectory
at an international level. What will help us is that there have
been children's school tournaments to compensate for the lack of
experience and we feel good. It will be important to trust them
as coach and work and support as a team."
Edgar Callejas, of Guatemala: "We have a very young team, like
the other countries, everything is an expectation of what is
going to happen, because we do not know the rivals, we do not
know what they are bringing. As Guatemala we have come here to
maintain the prestige that we have always shown playing a good
Eugenio Ortiz, of Panama: "It will be a key that the boys know
that they can play and do it united first and foremost. The work
has been aimed at improving the technique, it has worked quite
well with the setters since they are fundamental. We have some
players with good height and we hope to be among the finalists
and see what happens."
The Central American will begin this Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at
the Gym José "Beto" Remón, of this city, and will have three
matches in the first day.