TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 20, 2022 – Brazil
finished pool play undefeated at 3-0 after
beating Costa Rica on Wednesday, 3-0 (25-6,
25-8, 25-12) in the Girls U19 Pan American Cup
at Cox Business Center Arena in Tulsa.
Brazil will get Thursday off and play in the
semifinals on Friday. Costa Rica (0-3) will move
to the fifth-place bracket.
Brazil led in kills (45-8), blocks (7-2) and
aces (6-1). Brazil scored on 17 Costa Rica
errors and committed 15. Inexperienced Costa
Rica remained enthusiastic throughout the match
and cheered every point they scored against
Brazil opposite Manoela Forlin led all scorers
with 14 points on 12 spikes and two aces. Middle
blocker Juliana Palhano added 12 points,
including two blocks.
Outside hitter Nazareth Mata had three points
for Costa Rica.
Brazil Team Manager Jose Caetano: Of course we
are very happy. It I very important to be first
in the group because we have a day to rest, and
it is good for the rest of the championship.
Even though our group is still developing, the
best thing has been that we are playing as a
Kareem Richards, coach of Costa Rica: “Today we
lost to Brazil but o team improved. The team is
growing and that is why we came here. The name
of Brazil weighed too much at the beginning but
the girls improved. For me it was a benefit for
us. You do not face a team like Brazil every