Guatemala beats Honduras to improve record 1-1
PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 25 2014 - Guatemala beat Honduras
3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) in the defense of their U23 Men’s
Central American title at Jose “Beto” Remon Gymnasium in Panama
Defending champions Guatemala improved their win-loss record to
1-1 despite their disadvantage in height, overcoming Honduras
with quicker plays and a tight defense. Honduras, still not
recovered from their loss to Panama, wasn’t able to stop
Guatemala’s offensive line led by neither outside hitter Carlos
Lopez nor the defense in charge of Libero player Amilcar Duarte.
Guatemala held a huge advantage over Honduras in the service
category by 10-4; they were also superior in kills by 33-25 and
8-7 in blocking.
Carlos Lopez with 13 points and captain Gerardo Gonzalez with
10, led Guatemala’s scorers. William Thompson topped Honduras
with 10 tallies.
“We went out for the five points and we did; we recovered from
yesterday’s loss playing competitively” said Gerardo Gonzalez.
Honduras’ captain Cristobal Maradiaga, despite adversity said
“we need a better attitude because we have three more matches to
play; we don’t have to give up yet”.
Cuban coach Reider Lucas for Guatemala praised his boys’
determination “their efforts took the victory in straight sets
which gives us five important points that gives us hopes in our
intentions to obtain the ticket to the Pan American Cup in Cuba
Disappointed, coach Rony Martinez of Honduras indicated “four or
five of my players really sweat today, the others didn’t commit,
they didn’t follow instructions and for them it was the same to
win or lose”.