Guatemala blanks Honduras


MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 17, 2021 - Guatemala blanked Honduras 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-16) in the first match of both teams in the XXI Central American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.

After a fairly even first set, in which Honduras pressed to reach 13 points per side, Guatemala managed to take advantage to win 25-22 and from there always maintained an advantage at the beginning of each set, even reaching 10 points over the Honduran.

Rut Gómez and Martha Guillermo combined very well with the captain and setter María Álvarez, scoring 13 points each. For Honduras, Dazly Durán scored 9 points and 8 Cecille Johnson.

Guatemala dominated in attack 33-23 and in blocking 8-2, remaining 7-6 in service, with 22 error for Guatemala and 27 conceded for El Salvador.

María José Alvarez, Guatemala´s captain: “We come from a rather long and was a tired trip, in the first set we got a little out of control, but we are a team that knows how to recover and we come with all the energy for the tournament and for me it is special because it is my first time as captain and I am happy that we won 3-0 ”.

"It motivates us because tougher teams are coming and starting with a victory, with this team that is quite new, is a joy and pride."

William Fernández, Guatemala´s coach: “It is a difficult competition, after more than a year without competing and even training, everyone is coming for the possibility of winning a championship. The team looked good from the second set, they improved a lot in reception, they followed the instructions and we have a team with depth in the changes and that helps us a lot ”.

“The team is in a very good mood, they are all focused on the goal, which is to be among the best in the Championship.

Dazly Durán, Honduras' best scorer: “These games are the most difficult, I think we did not expect the fast game that Guatemala has and the lack of rhythm affected us a bit, but it is better to lose at the beginning than at the end, the team is working better and tomorrow will be better than today ”.

“We had two years without competing, we were not prepared for the change of losing an advantage in a set and then we could not recover”.

Marvin Ulloa, Hondura´s coach: “It is difficult to start a tournament when we have only been training for less than a month, the lack of rhythm affected us. For the time that we have trained, the team started well but the rhythm is lost due to the lack of play”.

"We have a good serve, but at times they feel afraid, they are not sure at the time of service and that takes away our effectiveness."

Guatemala will face Guatemala this Monday at 7:00 p.m., while Honduras meets El Salvador at 1:00 p.m.