Colombia sweeps Costa Rica to finish second in Pool B
HAVANA, Cuba, March 30, 2017–Colombia beat Costa Rica in
straight sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-15) to finish second in Pool at
the Pan American U-18 Girls’ Cup.
Americans had a 1-1 win and loss average in the preliminary
phase, while the Central Americans ended it up without victories
in two games.
Ana Olaya with 11 points and Emelys Martínez and Manuela
Ibarguen with 10 apiece were the best scorers, while on the
opposing side Tamara Espinoza contributed 7 points.
Antonio Rizola, Brazilian coach of Colombia: “With all respect
for our rivals, we wanted them not to have as similar
performance as when played against Cuba yesterday to secure the
second place. At this category, players lose concentration
easier. For instance, in the second set they allowed Costa Rica
to react from 9-23 and get to 15-25. So, I am happy for the
result, but we need three more wins to be in the WCH.”
Andres Lopez, coach of Costa Rica: “We were able to defend from
the powerful attack by Colombia and also counteract with some
transitions which were not always effective but we did it. When
meeting Cubans, we did nothing. So we played better today and I
am pleased my girls have battled against one of the power
nations in South America.”
Valerin Carabali, Colombian captain: “We played hard despite
being a stronger team as we should not underestimate Costa Rica.
However given that we are more experienced than them, we were
sometimes overconfident, although we got to win in the end.”
Tamara Espinoza, captain of Costa Rica: “Today we were more
focused than against Cuba. However we thought we could have done
more, but we are satisfied considering our opponents’