GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, October 31 2021. -
Costa Rica topped Honduras in straight sets 3-0
(25-16, 25-17, 25-15) on day two of the XXI
Men’s Central American Cup being held at
Guatemala’s City Dome.
Costa Rica controlled all the actions against
Honduras, having more resistance from Honduras
as the match had a faster rhythm. Costa Rica
reached a huge 11-3 advantage in the third set
which Honduras had no chance to recover from.
Costa Rica held a huge 54-22 advantage in
attacks over Honduras, 5-1 in blocks and 4-0 in
service points, but allowed 25 points from
unforced errors against 21 of Honduras.
Opposite hitter Gilberth Solano of Costa Rica
led all scorers with 16 points (12 kills, 2
blocks and 2 aces); outside hitter and captain
Richard Smith scored 12 points for Costa Rica,
all in kills, and
José Andrés Ortiz added 10 points from 7 kills,
one block and 2 aces. On Honduras side, outside
hitter Arturo Durán scored 10 points.
Honduras will face Belize at 1:00pm on Monday
and Costa Rica has the day off.
Gilberth Solano, top scorer of Costa Rica:
“Our teamwork was impressive, this team is very
united and everyone added their part for the
win. The confidence the team puts in me is very
important. I am here to focus on teamwork, I
represent Costa Rica, to score for my team and
reach our goal”.
Johan Morales, Head coach of Costa Rica:
“We respect all our opponents; things worked
well for us today. I believe our tactic in
service worked out well, we had a positive
blocking and that forced Honduras to commit more
errors. There are things to improve, we can’t be
too confident because all our opponents are
strong, not every game is the same and we must
Luis Membreño, captain of Honduras:
“We perform with different rhythms, sometimes
faster and others not so much, we are down by
eight points and then it’s too late to recover;
it’s not an excuse, but this is what happens
when you lack activity. Costa Rica is doing