Honduras opens with victory over Nicaragua
PANAMA CITY, Panama, October 19, 2017 - Honduras team opened
with a 3-1 victory (25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17) over defending
champion Nicaragua to start the XII Central American U19 Men's
Volleyball Championship at José Alberto "Beto" Remón Gym.
The captain of Honduras, Allan Escoto was the best scorer with
11 points, Ubaldo Palma had 10 and Jorge Santos added seven. For
Nicaragua, Marcial Sandoval scored 16 points, Rony Cerda ha 14
and Josué Cano 10.
Honduras took advantage of their opponents' mistakes (56 for
only 26) to take the lead, as they were outscored in attacks (28
to 42), in services (6 to 8) and led in blocks 6 to 4.
Alejandro Castillo, Coach of Honduras: "We have a lot of
happiness, it is important to start with a win, more if it is
the defending champion, but we take it with great humility and
we have to continue working, since we just have started. These
guys lack more international exposure, that's why we lost a set,
but in the end we managed to get the triumph, because we have
always shown toughness."
Allan Escoto, Captain of Honduras: "This will help us because we
continue with the euphoria of winning more matches and we will
try to do as we play today. After losing the second set we
realized that we were superior and we could not to let down for
losing a set, we had more time to recover and so we did."
Osman Hernandez, coach of Nicaragua: "The players who are more
experienced failed and the emotional stability of the others led
us to defeat. For moments we took the lead, but we could never
close the game. Hopefully for tomorrow we concentrate more, the
tournament is starting and we hope to improve."
Rony Cerda, captain of Nicaragua: "We need to be more courageous
tomorrow whem the game is stronger. We have Guatemala and Costa
Rica, which will be demanding, but we have to play with
everything. I became very confused, I hoped to give more, to