Day one closes with exciting victory for Honduras
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 11, 2013. – Honduras edged Costa
Rica in the closing match of day one of the X Central American
Games to join men’s defending champions Panama and Guatemala
with opening victories.
In Pool A, Honduras took the first victory over the home team in
thrilling five sets while in Pool B, Panama and Guatemala sealed
their triumphs in three sets.
Panama 3, Belize 0
Defending champions Panama earned their first win by defeating
Belize 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-16) on Monday.
Panama had a 12-2 advantage in service points. Ruben Cuero with
14 points and Donaldo Ureña with 12 topped the scores of the
“The team does not have the chance to play more frequently and
that’s why it’s difficult to stay in shape and attain more
progress,” Panamanian captain Ricardo Brown said.
Guatemala 3, Nicaragua 0
Guatemala debuted wining over Nicaragua 3-0 (25-20, 25-19,
25-15) with a superior margin in blocking and service points of
11-5 and 5-2 respectively. The best scorer for Guatemala was
Andy Leonardo with 16 points while Luis Garcia and Oscar Garcia
contributed with 9 each. For Nicaragua, David Mayorga was the
best scorer with 14 points.
“I saw the team playing well, we have a good squad. The anxiety
of the beginning of a tournament showed,” said Jose Gonzalez,
Guatemala’s captain who wasn’t able to play due to an injury
Honduras 3, Costa Rica 2
Honduras scored a spectacular win over Costa Rica 3-2 (25-21,
25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 15-11) in the closing match of the day one.
The Hondurans were by far superior in blocking (11-4) and in
service points (8-4).
Honduras’ Luis Salgado scored 29 points while Costa Rica’s
Richard Smith had a match-high 30 points. Carlos Osorio and
Evans Torres each had 14 points for the winners and Esteban
Araya and Jeffrey Calderon finished with 11 and 10 for the
“Costa Rica is a splendid team and they made things difficult
for us; we slowed down in the third and they took advantage.
It’s very common to extend the match to five sets when both
teams have a high level,” expressed Honduras’ captain, Luis