Honduras holds off Costa Rica in first win
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 11, 2017. - Honduras won their
first match at the men’s Volleyball tournament of the 2017
Managua Central American Games holding off Costa Rica 3-1
(20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19) at the Alexis Argüello sport
Honduras held a comfortable six point margin during sets three
and four as they alienated Costa Rica from the game with
spectacular comeback scoring mostly by the middle. Honduras
earned their first victory of the event, standing with 1-1
win-loss record as well as Costa Rica.
Despite Costa Rica’s 40-35 advantage in attacks, Honduras
blocked Costa Rica all the way with a huge 13-5 margin. Both
teams finished with 6 aces, Honduras committed 35 errors and
Costa Rica 41.
Middle blocker Watler Ornello topped Honduras with 18 points on
12 attacks, 4 blocks and 2 aces, joined by opposite German
Moreira with 11 points on 8 kills and 3 aces. Costa Rican
Alberto Blanco led all scorers with 20 points, the only player
from Costa Rica with double-digits.
On day three, Costa Rica (1-1) faces Guatemala (2-0) and
Honduras (1-1) has the day off.
Captain of Honduras Luis Membreño:
“I am really glad that the new generation of players performed
will today, we are here only as support. We were well prepared
to face a strong opponent like Costa Rica. It was a team effort,
and in comparison from yesterday, our passing was effective and
we scored on positive spikes; we expect a complicated match
against Guatemala and I hope for a positive outcome”.
Head coach of Honduras Juan Andrés León:
“This is a working process; results don’t come in a few days. We
showed our qualities as the match developed. The younger players
are improving and they will fight harder. Our middle player
Ornello Watler carried us into the victory, his attacks are
strong, he is tall and he was really effective”.
Head coach of Costa Rica Juan Acuña:
“Honduras deserved to win. After set one, Honduras tactics were
different and well structured, adding to their good energy;
their middle offense was effective. We must serve better, we
allowed too many points by missing serves; we committed around
seven missed serves in the last set. Costa Rica is still in the
run and tomorrow we’ll face a strong and solid opponent of
Guatemala, it’s one of the most important matches”.