Honduras unstoppable at Men’s Central American Cup
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, February 6, 2013. - Honduras
prevailed in a close four-set battle against Costa Rica to
remain as the only undefeated team after three days of actions
in the XVII Men’s Central American Volleyball Cup.
Four sides are separated by just two points and all keep alive
their chances to win the title as Honduras and Panama are tied
with 12 points followed by Costa Rica and Guatemala with 11 and
10 points respectively.
In Thursday’s action, Honduras meets El Salvador while Panama
takes on Costa Rica followed by the match of hosts Guatemala
Panama 3, Nicaragua 0
Panama scored its second victory defeating Nicaragua by 3-0
(25-19, 25-12, 25-21) on Wednesday. Panama started off slowly to
improve their win-loss record 2-1, while Nicaragua remained
winless. Once again Panama’s blocking made the difference with a
14-3 advantage. Domingo Avila was Panama’s top scorer with 10
points, and for Nicaragua, the best was Tito Valdivia with nine.
Honduras 3, Costa Rica 1
Honduras took a huge win over Costa Rica by 3-1 (27-25, 30-28,
17-25, 27-25). Honduras’ concentration was the main factor for
their victory to stay undefeated, while Costa Rica dropped their
win-loss record to 2-1. Costa Rica dominated in both blocking
and aces 14-6 and 6-1 respectively. The second set of the match
(30-28) is up to now the highest scoring set of the tournament.
Evans Torres with 20 points and Carlos Osorio with 19 topped
Honduras’ scorers. Richard Smith from Costa Rica was their best
scorer with 20 points.
Guatemala 3, El Salvador 0
Guatemala prevailed over El Salvador in straight sets 25-18,
25-20 and 25-18 in the last match of the day. For Guatemala it
was their second win, improving to 2-1 their win-loss record in
front of more than a thousand spectators. It was a battle of
young players, as El Salvador presents a renovated team for the
tournament and the hosts gave a chance to their bench players.
Guatemala held a 5-1 advantage in aces. With 10 points won by
attacks, Oscar Garcia was Guatemala’s best scorer, Andy Leonardo
and Moises Reyes each contributed 8. Franklin Flores topped for
El Salvador with 7 points.