Guatemala wins Men’s Central American Cup
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, February 8, 2013 – Hosts Guatemala
were crowned on Friday as champions of the XVIII Men’s Central
American Volleyball Cup to cap a thrilling night in front of a
packed house at Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium.
The victory over Costa Rica combined with the loss of undefeated
Honduras to Panama in straight sets produced the second title
for Guatemala whose other crown came in the third edition held
in 1977 also as host team.
Guatemala and Panama finished tied with 19 points but the
Guatemalans had a 4-1 win-loss record to the 3-2 mark of the
Panamanians. Honduras closed in third place with 17 points.
El Salvador 3, Nicaragua 2
El Salvador survived a five-set battle (25-22, 25-20, 22-25,
14-25, 15-10) with Nicaragua to claim their first win. The
victory gave El Salvador the fifth place with a 1-4 win-loss
record, while the winless Nicaragua finished in the sixth
position. Both squads had to deal with the fact that they are
renovating their national teams. Mauricio Rivas registered 22
points for the winners, Samuel Valdez and Erick Gonzalez helped
with 13 and 12 respectively. Lester Martinez was Nicaragua’s
best scorer with 16 points.
Panama 3, Honduras 0
A surprising 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-22) win of Panama over
Honduras in the last day of actions, stopped the four-game
winning streak of Honduras. Honduras entered the match
undefeated but Panama prevented them from taking home the title.
Panamá held a solid advantage of 5-1 in aces forcing Honduras to
lose concentration. They were superior also in the blocking
category 10-8. Domingo Avila and Donaldo Ureña led Panama with
14 and 12 points respectively. Carlos Osorio was Honduras’ best
scorer with 13 points.
Guatemala 3, Costa Rica 1
The hosts Guatemala beat Costa Rica 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 17-25,
25-22) and won the title. More than 3,000 spectators cheered
Guatemala in their victory over Costa Rica, which granted 4
points to become Central American Champions. Costa Rica had the
advantage in the blocking department (13-12) and also in aces
(7-3). For Guatemala, the top scorers were Andy Leonardo with 19
points, Oscar Garcia (13), Moises Reyes (11) and Jose Gonzalez
(10). For Costa Rica, Richard Smith led with 23 points.