Belize earns first victory defeating Honduras

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 22, 2022.- Belize (1-4) earned their first tournament win defeating Honduras 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-17) on day five at the XIX AFECAVOL Men’s U21 Central American Championship.

Eleazar Mejía led Belize with 23 points and Preston Smith with 9. For Honduras, Alejandro Lobo scored 12 points, in one of the lowest performances in the tournament.

Despite battling every set, Honduras fell to Belize’s strength in attacks to close every set.  Belize led in kills 39-21, in blocks 7-3 and Honduras was better in serves 6-5, committing 24 errors against 29 from the winners.

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Eleazar Mejía, best scorer of Belize: “Some of us were in the tournament in Copan (U19), which was different. Here we started slow, we advanced little by little and earned today’s victory. Two players couldn’t come, it would be better with them, but without them we must take the responsibility and do a better job with what we have here. I am satisfied with my performance, but we can do better. We have one match left, against Nicaragua and we will put up fight, we will come out to look for the win”.

Nicanor Requena, captain of Belize: “It feels good to win, thanks to our team’s unity. That’s what helped us win, unity and good energy as a team. The previous games were difficult, we did everything to win, we just need a bit more and today we were able to do so”.

On Sunday, Panama plays Costa Rica at 4:00 p.m. and Belize rests.

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