El Salvador downs Honduras at Men’s Central American Cup

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, October 30, 2021.- El Salvador downed Honduras 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17) in their XXI Men’s Central American Cup debut on Saturday at Guatemala’s City Dome.

El Salvador and Honduras engaged in a tough first set with no clear dominant team. It was in the second set that El Salvador managed to take control leading by five points (15-10) that Honduras never recovered. Honduras snatched the third set with difficulties only to be defeated by a stronger El Salvador by a comfortable lead.

El Salvador led in kills 56-40, as well in blocks 13-8 and in aces 4-1; while Honduras committed fewer errors, 24 against 35.

On Sunday, Honduras faces Costa Rica at 1:00pm and El Salvador goes up against Belize at 4:00pm

Rodrigo Chávez, captain of El Salvador: “We’ve been training a lot; our team is young, new and our coach instructed us to have fun and focus, not to lose sight of our only goal: to win. I think that we lost a set because of the lack of experience from our younger players, they weren’t able to deal with the pressure and they got anxious, they are small details we need to fix”.

Luis Membreño, captain of Honduras: “After one year and eight months without volleyball in Honduras it was really hard to face such a great opponent. El Salvador kept their serves steady and we committed too many errors. The team had difficulties adapting to such a big venue, we have never played here, but we will continue to battle for a medal”.