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Guatemala Takes Down Curacao in First Win

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 29, 2012, 2:31 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 29, 2012)-– Guatemala won its first match of the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship with a 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 victory over Curacao on Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

With the victory, Guatemala (1-2) advances to Thursday’s quarterfinal round as the third-place team in Pool B. Curacao (0-3) will begin the 5-8 classification matches on Friday against an opponent to be determined.

Guatemala was led in scoring by Gerardo Antonio Gonzalez Paz with 23 points. Christopher Leon Du John contributed 12 points and Erick Noel Colindres Ipina added 11 points.

Quinten Anthony paced Curacao with 20 points, while Jurcham Meulens totaled 11 points.

Guatemala produced a 13-9 margin in blocks and took advantage of 32 Curacao errors. Curacao held a slim 4-3 margin in aces.

While Guatemala controlled the first set with a 25-14 victory, Curacao rallied back on a couple occasions in the second set ultimately winning 25-23. Curacao was within two in the third set at 21-19 before Guatemala tallied final four points and 25-19 victory. Guatemala pushed to a 6-2 lead in the fourth set and maintained the small, but comfortable lead to a 25-18 victory.

“We are happy with the result, although sometimes the rhythm decreased and we couldn’t maintain the advantage,” Guatemala captain Erick Noel Colindres Ipina said. “I congratulate the team of Curacao for a good job today, especially in the second set.”

“Congratulations to Curacao because they have a great team with a great future,” Guatemala head coach Jorge Chavez said. “This is a sport without ties and somebody must win. It was a very important match for us to reach the quarterfinals, and now we are thinking of Mexico or USA as our next opponent and a chance to achieve a better ranking. Congratulations to my players for following the tactical instructions given to them before the match. I am proud of my team."

“Congratulations to Guatemala,” Curacao head coach Paulina Gilbert said. “They have a good team with good spirit. My team had problems in attack, especially position four. Now we have to fight for positions five or six in the tournament.”

“Congratulations to Guatemala, the team was very good,” Curacao captain Raynold Marchena said. “We had some problems with Guatemala in the match. Now we are playing for the highest possible place we can finish.”

2012 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship Schedule

Pool A

Aug. 27: Mexico def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-7, 25-10, 25-15 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 27: United States def. Honduras 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Mexico def. Honduras 25-15, 26-24, 25-14 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: United States def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Honduras def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-17, 25-11, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: United States def. Mexico 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Pool B
Aug. 27: Puerto Rico def. Curacao, 27-25, 25-13, 25-23 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 27: Canada def. Guatemala 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Canada def. Curacao 25-13, 25-7, 25-22 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 28: Puerto Rico def. Guatemala 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Guatemala def. Curacao 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 29: Canada def. Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-15, 28-30, 25-12 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Quarterfinals
Aug. 30: Puerto Rico def. Honduras 25-16, 25-16, 25-11 (Match 13) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 30: Mexico def. Guatemala 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Classification 5/8
Aug. 31: Guatemala def. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 31: Honduras def. Curacao 25-27, 25-19, 27-25, 25-19 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Semifinals
Aug. 31: Canada def. Mexico 25-17, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Aug. 31: United States def. Puerto Rico 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

Final Classifications
Sept. 1: St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs. Curacao, 11:00 a.m. (7th Place) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Guatemala vs. Honduras, 1:00 p.m.  (5th Place) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Mexico vs. Puerto Rico 3:00 p.m. (Bronze) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)
Sept. 1: Canada vs. United States, 5:30 p.m. (Gold) (Live Stats - Final Stats - Photos)

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