Puerto Rico downs Honduras in second U19 Pan Am Cup victory

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 24, 2022. - Puerto Rico downed Honduras 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-15) earning their second victory at the Boys U19 Pan American Cup being held in Guatemala City.

Puerto Rico stands in pool A with 2-0 win-loss record; winning their pool tomorrow will advance them directly into semifinals and qualifying to the FIVB World Championship.

Puerto Rico edged Honduras with a huge serving margin of 16-1; they also held a 37-7 attacking margin and a 5-0 blocking advantage. Honduras committed fewer errors than Puerto Rico (17-31).

Outside hitter Victor Torres of Puerto Rico was the only player that scored double digits, with 13 points on 9 kills and 4 aces. Outside hitter Diego Lopez and middle blocker Yann Colon collected 8 points each. Diego Lopez led in serves with 5 aces.

Honduras’ best scorer was opposite hitter Ary Contreras with 5 points.

Honduras will face Dominican Republic on the last day of pool-play and Puerto Rico closes against the host Guatemala.

Victor Torres, Top scorer Chile: “We never underestimate our opponents and we focus on our performance, in all the basics, especially in serves that worked the best today.  We gave our all, always aiming for Puerto Rico’s victory”.  

Francisco Negron, Head Coach Puerto Rico: “I am glad with my boy’s performance, today everyone had the opportunity to play and they did it well. Our goal is to qualify for Worlds”.

Victor Rodas, Head Coach Honduras: “They boys improved in receiving, today our second setter played and did it well, I went back with our first setter (Ary) because we want to give him continuity, preparing for the Central American championship. With our coaching staff we are looking for our players to improve their level of play”.