Nathaly Jimenez leads Honduras with new record on 41 points
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 19, 2017. – Nathaly Jimenez lead
Honduras into beating Guatemala 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 19-25,
15-12) with new scoring record of 41 points at the XII AFECAVOL
Girls’ U-18 Central American Championship.
Nathaly Jimenez stormed past Guatemala carrying her team into
the title match against Costa Rica with impressive 41 points on
35 kills, 4 blocks and 2 aces. Nathaly broke the Central
American record as the top scorer in a match set just two days
ago by her teammate Reer James who finished with 25 points
against El Salvador.
Alongside Nathaly Jimenez, middle blocker Reer James contributed
to Honduras victory with 15 points. On Guatemala’s side, outside
hitter Paola Alvarado topped with 18 points and opposite Jimena
Castellanos chipped in with 11 points.
Guatemala’s 13-7 advantage in serves was not enough to stop
Honduras 52-42 margin in spikes and 6-2 in blocks. Honduras
committed 42 unforced errors while Guatemala finished with 40.
Honduras enters the title match undefeated with 4-0 record and
18 points; Guatemala with 2-2 record and 13 points will face
Nicaragua for the bronze medal.
Nathaly Jimenez, captain of Honduras:
“We had to play a tie-break because our passing was off for five
points during the set four. Our energy was always high thanks to
the crowd and our desire to fight for the title”.
Catarine Leiva, coach of Honduras:
“It’s very excited and satisfying to have won and to continue
undefeated. Mentally speaking, my team has grown with every
match. Having lost the fourth set is proof that we must be alert
always. My girls showed in set five that they are warriors”.