El Salvador beat Honduras in Managua 2017
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 10, 2017.- El Salvador defeated
Honduras 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17) to start the men’s volleyball
tournament of the 2017 Managua Central American Games
at the Alexis Argüello sports complex.
El Salvador and Honduras engaged in a close battle in sets one
and two, with exciting attacks and long rallies. El Salvador
played with better rhythm in set three to grab their first
El Salvador dominated Honduras with 38-35 margin in attacks and
benefiting form 25 opponent errors. Both teams scored on 7
blocks and 5 aces.
Guandique Rodriguez of El Salvador led all scorers with 15
points and Rordrigo Chavez along with Franklin Flores added 9
and 8 points respectively. Honduras had three players with
double-digits, William Thompson topped with 13 points, Carlos
Osorio scored 12 points and German Moreira added 10 points.
On day two of actions, El Salvador has a rest day and Honduras
will meet Costa Rica.
Captain of El Salvador Rodrigo Chavez:
“El Salvador used to depend only of one or two players, now we
are 12 players playing together and anyone of us is capable of
performing well. We’ve been practicing hard for 8 months and we
expected to beat Honduras. We weren’t’ focused and we were too
nervous starting, that’s why the score was very close”.
Head coach of El Salvador Nery Henriquez,
“First matches are always tricky, all the teams are nervous and
it showed in the first two sets. We went on improving and
studying Honduras’ moves; we adjusted better our blocking and
our outside hitters were more effective. For me, Honduras will
play much better in next matches”.
Captain of Honduras Luis Membreño:
“It’s a difficult outcome for my team. We held friendly matches
against El Salvador and we were expecting a tough battle.
Honestly, we knew our performance was going to be weak because
we haven’t been able to gather for practice for over a month,
some players were injured and others were outside the country; I
am not happy. There’s a long road ahead, we hope to do it better
tomorrow against Costa Rica”.
Head coach of Honduras Juan Andres Leon:
“I am realistic, I am happy with my team’s performance. To play
well you need to practice, and it was difficult to gather the
whole team for practice. I invited younger players to come here
which I know will produce better results with the strategy I’ve
prepared. In the end our results will improve”.