Guatemala improves record 2-1 defeating Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 10, 2014.-
Guatemala defeated hosts Honduras 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-19) at
the II Women’s U-23 AFECAVOL Central American Championship in
the closing match of Sunday night in Jorge A. Galeano Gymnasium.
With the completion of four days of competition, Guatemala
improves their win-loss record by 2-1 and accumulates ten
points, while the hosts Honduras drop to 2-2 conserving ten
Guatemala and Honduras started off maintaining the actions very
tight, with the winners taking an early seven point lead in the
second set from which the local team wasn’t able to recover
from. Guatemala had to work harder in the third set to finally
move the score further away in the third set.
Guatemala dominated in kills by 36-26 and in service points by
5-4, while Honduras in blocking by 4-3. Guatemala committed
fewer unforced errors (22) than Honduras (31).
Opposite Lourdes Cruz led Guatemala’s scorers with 12 points,
along with outside hitters Maria Guzman with 11 points and Nadia
Galan with 9 points. Honduras’ was led by outside hitter Lesby
Midence with 12 points.
Captain Maria Alvarez of Guatemala indicated “we were more
disciplined and sticking to our tactics, we stayed focused to
earn the victory in straight sets, because we want to continue
advancing; our job was much better in the second set”.
“Unfortunately we had difficulties getting our rhythm started,
our energy was low and Guatemala knew how to benefit from our
actions. It was too late in the game when we began to be more
effective. I want to thank the support of the crowd today, it
helped us push stronger” said captain Eloisa Sarmiento.
Coach David Aldana said to be content with the result and he was
surprised by Honduras average performance “I want to
congratulate them because they have improved a lot since we met
with this group in Colorado but we expected more resistance from
what Honduras had shown so far in the tournament. Except from
Costa Rica, we all have similar conditions and the result was
difficult to predict. About my team, today they did a very good
job, they are more settled, making it easier to play fast which
is our distinctive; I believe if we continue on this track we
can finish in second”.
“I agree that we play similar with most of the teams here”
started coach Marco Tejada. “To play volleyball you need a hot
heart and a cold mind. We engaged in uncertainties, indecisions
and fear, which turned into meaningless errors and we can’t be
giving away points to our opponents and making them take the
advantage. My team’s performance is decreasing instead of
improving, we need to play more disciplined” he concluded.