Honduras is AFECAVOL Girls’ U-18 Champion
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 19, 2017. - Host Honduras defeated
Costa Rica 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-19) to win unbeaten the XII
AFECAVOL Girls’ U-18 Central American Championship at Jorge A.
Galeano Gymnasium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Honduras stopped Costa Rica’s intentions of winning their sixth
consecutive title and eighth overall as they fired up from start
to finish with a solid and consistent performance. This is
Honduras second gold medal in the history of the event; they
also won in 2005 during the sixth edition at Costa Rica.
Honduras won the first set with a comfortable margin which Costa
Rica struggled to recover in the next two sets. The monarchs led
in spikes with 35-20 margin and with a minimum advantage of 6-5
in serves. Both teams scored two points on blocks, Honduras
benefited from Costa Rica’s 29 unforced errors while committing
19 of their own.
Outside hitter Nathaly Jimenez led Honduras on 23 kills of
spectacular 28 points, followed by middle blocker Reer James
with 12 points. Opposite Ana Rojas was Costa Rica’s top scorer
with 8 points.
Honduras concluded with perfect 5-0 win-loss mark and 23 points,
and Costa Rica with 4-1 and 18 points.
Nathaly Jiménez, captain of Honduras:
“Honestly, Guatemala was tougher. We are very excited to beat
Costa Rica and winning the title; this motivates all our
national teams to continue their hard work and efforts in
Catarine Leiva, coach of Honduras:
“I am humble to say that we worked for this moment to come, I
motivated my girls telling them that we would reach the top one
set at a time. The team was obedient in following instructions
and they executed well our game plan. I knew that Costa Rica
would study us so I used different rotations. I am very proud of
my team and I want to thank the crowds’ support”.