Honduras zeroing in on Central American title
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, February 7, 2013 - Honduras prevailed
over El Salvador in straight sets to remain undefeated while
Guatemala took an important victory over Nicaragua moving on to
second place at the XVII Men’s Central American Volleyball Cup.
Honduras is closer to become the Central American title as they
have 17 points in first place. Guatemala is now in second place
with 15 points while Costa Rica and Panama are tied with 14
In the last day of actions on Friday, Honduras meets Panama and
hosts Guatemala face Costa Rica.
Honduras 3, El Salvador 0
Honduras beat El Salvador 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-16) in the first
match on Thursday, the fourth day of actions of the championship.
Honduras continues unbeaten with strong possibilities to become
champions with 17 points. They were superior in aces by 5-1.
Fabrizzio Matamoros and Wilfredo Lopez with 12 points apiece,
along with Evans Torres with 10, were Honduras’ best scorers.
Samuel Valdez of El Salvador was the highest scorer with 10
Costa Rica 3, Panamá 2
Richard Smith registered a tournament-high 31 points to lead
Costa Rica in the 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 22-25, 26-24, 15-10)
victory over Panama. Costa Rica edged Panama with a well
structured defense stopping Panama’s blocking effectiveness
which had a 16-9 advantage over the winners. Both teams have 14
points, Costa Rica with a better win-loss record by 3-1 while
Panama has 2-2. Of the 31 points scored by Richard Smith, 29
were on direct attacks; Jeffrey Calderon was the other player of
Costa Rica with double digits (14). For Panama, Domingo Avila
was the best scorer with 19 points, including two aces.
Guatemala 3, Nicaragua 0
Guatemala blanked Nicaragua 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-14) on
Thursday night. The home team took control of the match from
start to finish. Guatemala held the advantage over Nicaragua in
all categories: blocking (7-3), aces (5-1) and attacks (37-17).
Guatemala has a 3-1 win-loss record and added 5 valuable points
to add up to 15. Guatemala’s best scorers were Andy Leonardo
with 12 points, 4 of them aces, and Oscar Garcia with 11 points.