SANTA ROSA DE COPAN, Honduras, September 15,
2022.- Belize won the bronze medal at the XIV
AFECAVOL Boys’ U19 Central American Championship
after defeating Honduras 3-0 (26-24, 25-9,
25-11) at the Santa Rosa de Copan Gymnasium.
Belize ended the tournament with a 3-2 record,
the same as Nicaragua, but with 14 points
against 11 of the Nicaraguan team.
Honduras shook Belize in a challenging first
set, but not enough to stop their strength in
the next two sets.
Belize led attacks 27-19, blocks 11-2 and the
service point by a slim 3-2 margin. Belize
committed 21 unforced errors and Honduras a
total of 35.
Opposite hitter Preston Smith scored 15 points
for Belize, from 12 attacks, two blocks and one
ace, followed by outside hitter Eleazar Mejía
with 11 points on 6 attacks and 5 blocks.
Honduras top scorer was middle blocker Leonardo
Villegas with 8 points.
Albert Hummes, head coach of Belize:
“First of all Happy Independence Day to Honduras
and for us it’s the celebration of our first
medal in the history of the youth category. I am
very happy for my guys, this is a great reward
for their hard work. We played day by day and
we were expecting a good outcome”.