Guatemala beats Honduras to finish seventh place at U18 Pan Am
Durango, Mexico, May 26, 2019. - Guatemala beat Honduras 3-0
(25-17, 25-22, 25-17) to finish seventh place at the Girls’ U18
Pan American Cup in Auditorio del Pueblo of Durango, Mexico.
Guatemala reached both technical time-outs with a comfortable
lead (8-4, 16-9) working hard over the net winning the first set
by a sizeable 25-17. Honduras recovered from a five-point
deficit (6-11) to even the score to 11 in set two, on Guatemalan
attack and defense errors; but outside hitter Laura Cortéz along
with opposite Jimena Castellanos carried Guatemala to lead 2-0.
In set three, Honduras’ attackers struggled to hold off
Guatemala’s organized performance that kept on moving forward
remaining on top the entire set.
Guatemala carried out a well-organized performance leading with
huge 40-23 margin in spikes, 5-3 advantage in blocks and
committed fewer errors (25-28). Honduras led 4-2 in blocks.
Outside hitter Laura Cortéz was key in Guatemala’s victory
scoring 20 points, joined by opposite player Jimena Castellanos
with 11 points. Opposite Rocio Duron led Honduras with 10 points
and outside hitter Dazly Duran chipped in with 8 points.
“Our success is because we played in Peru” indicated Guatemala’s
coach William Fernandez. “I believe that both of teams have
shown progress, we are a young team and we are working for our
future and compete stronger against Norceca teams. With more
progress in the Central American area we can be more
competitive. I am glad to have neutralized Honduras’ attack; the
team was disciplined despite the fact that our opponents used 2
or 3 setters”.
Catarine Leiva Honduras coach said “we came short; we were
prepared for to give a good performance, we lacked discipline.
The players did not carry out our tactic and they didn’t follow
instructions. That’s how sport goes, today we lost. We are
leaving with a lot of experience, preparing for Central American
events; we know what to work on”.