Guatemala win gold medal at AFECAVOL U-23
Honduras, Tegucigalpa, July 14, 2012 – Guatemala claimed the
gold medal of the U-23 Men’s Central American Cup on Saturday by
defeating Costa Rica 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-17) in a final match
played at Tegucigalpa Gymnasium that lasted 1 hour and 28
The victory earned Guatemala a ticket to represent Central
America in the First U-23 Men’s Pan American Cup to be held in
Vancouver, Canada from September 23 to October 1.
Jeyson Flores, selected as Most Valuable Player of the
tournament, collected 25 points and Luis García had 12 for
Guatemala, a team that didn’t lose a single set during the
competition. Ricky Vargas topped Costa Rica with 9 points.
“I am very glad, everything went the way we wanted, we wanted
the title and we got it”, Flores said. “We played match by
match, point by point, the hard work we did in Guatemala paid
In the match for third position, Honduras edged Belize in five
thrilling sets (26-24, 16-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-10).
Ricardo Vásquez was the best scorer for the winners with 13
points while Alan Padilla and Jahzeel Yanes contributed 12 and
11 respectively. For Belize, Karym Coleman and Keith Castillo
charted 19 and 18 respectively and brothers Jaleel and Iván Lino
finished with 15 and 11.
In the qualification for the 6 and 7 positions, Nicaragua
defeated Panama 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 26-24).
Lester Martínez led Nicaragua with 23 points, followed by
Arnaldo Castro with 11. For Panama, Jose Rios had 18 and Jose
Gonzalez and Gilmar Fuentes had 13 and 10 respectively.
1. Guatemala, 2. Costa Rica, 3. Honduras, 4. Belize, 5. El
Salvador, 6. Nicaragua y 7.
MVP: Jeyson Flores GUA
Best Scorer: Jeyson Flores GUA
Best Spiker: Ricky Vargas CRC
Best Blocker: Luis García GUA
Best Server: Luis García GUA
Best Setter: Sergio Ralda GUA
Best Digger: Cristopher Navarrete NCA
Best Receiver: Rodrigo Chávez ESA
Best Libero: Cristopher Navarrete NCA