Guatemala subdued Honduras in fourth victory
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 13, 2017.- Guatemala stayed
unbeaten after subduing defending champions Honduras 3-1 (25-18,
21-25, 25-20, 25-17) in their fourth and consecutive victory at
the men’s Volleyball tournament of the 2017 Managua Central
It took Guatemala four sets to prevail with a wide 60-47 margin
in kills. The middle part of the match was the most demanding as
Honduras pushed on with great rhythm. Guatemala finally remained
in control by a change in line-up that executed their game plan
with fewer errors.
Guatemala held a 4-1 advantage in blocking and Honduras a 4-3
advantage in aces. Both teams committed 28 unforced errors.
Guatemala has a solid position to finish end in with the gold
medal with 4-0 record and 19 points. Honduras has 1-2 record and
The match developed with a balanced performance on both teams.
Guatemala’s top scorers were Andy Leonardo (15), Wagner Chacon
(13) and Erik Flores (10). Watler Brown topped Honduras with 19
points, William Thompson and German Moreira scored 11 and 12
On Thursday, Honduras (1-2) faces Panama (1-3) and Guatemala
(4-0) has the day off.
Captain of Guatemala Gerardo Gonzalez:
“We started off with good rhythm but we began to serve easily
and that gave Honduras more opportunities. We recovered reaching
point 20 in set two, but it was too late. We made a notorious
line-up change with another setter and we had a variation in our
performance. I am willing to play where ever I am needed”.
Head coach of Guatemala Reider Lucas:
“My team had many tactical errors that slowed our rhythm and our
confidence in the set we lost; that’s why it was so difficult to
recover in the last two sets. The outcome is positive, some
regular players were less effective and we need to work on our
blocking. Our offense is working well and our bench setter has
done it well”.