Honduras recovers from first set to beat Panama
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 14, 2017.- Honduras recovered from
first set 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 27-25, 25-15) to beat Panama on day
five of the men’s Volleyball tournament of the XI Central
American Games Managua 2017 in Alexis Argüello sport complex.
Defending champion Honduras pulled off their second victory of
the event with significant spiking advantage 50-35 to survive in
the highly-competitive men’s division of the Games. Panama had
an overall erratic performance while Honduras blocking took them
Honduras stands with 2-2 win-loss record and 9 points, while
Panama has 1-4 and 8 points.
Opposite German Moreira of Honduras scored 20 points on 17 kills
and 3 aces, joined by middle blocker Watler Brown with 18
tallies. Oswald Marshall and Donaldo Ureña registered 17 and 13
points respectively, took care of Panama’s offense.
On day six, Honduras (2-2) will face Belize (0-3) and Panama
(1-4) meets with El Salvador (4-0).
Captain of Honduras Luis Membreño:
“Our team effort was crucial; we were focused on their height,
good blocking and combination of older players with younger
ones, it wasn’t easy. After losing set one, our defense waited
for their attack from the sides, because they are slower, and
this worked well. Our serves were effective. The combination of
results puts things interesting and more difficult, but we will
keep on battling strong in the two matches we have left”.
Setter Jose Luis Cunningham:
“This was another intense match for Panama. Unfortunately we
weren’t prepared to play morning sessions and we performed
badly. We were really focused in the first set. This is my last
tournament, I’ve represented Panama for 23 years and it’s time
to leave so the new generation can take the responsibility of
representing Panama and help us back into the first places of