Costa Rica beat Nicaragua to finish third
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July 20, 2014 - The Costa Ricans were
made to work very hard to defeat Nicaragua 24-26, 25-22, 28-26,
25-18 and finish third in the NORCECA Women’s Volleyball Playoff
Tournament Sunday at Sport & Physical Education Centre of the St
Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies.
The final placing was very disappointing for the Costa Ricans as
they are the only country of the five involved in the
round-robin tournament with World Championship experience and
they were attempting to qualify for the third straight time.
However they were knocked out of contention after losing their
first two matches against Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago and
those two countries battled for the 24th and final
place in the World Championships in Italy, from September
23-October 12, in the second match of last night’s double
Costa Rican coach Horacio Bastit also lamented that fact that
Nicaragua and Panama, who were not expected to make it this far,
were each able to take a set from his team.
“I am not happy, we are playing at the same level or going down
and other teams are improving their skills,” the Argentine said.
“Very proud of the team, they gave it all they had until the
last point, but Costa knew how to close out each set,” stated
Nicaragua’s coach Rene Quintana.
No player had scored over 20 points in the tournament, but that
changed in this match as Costa Rican captain Angela Willis Lindo
notched 21 points and Nicaraguan Elizabeth Heidy Trana Lugo
scored a tournament-high 23.
A record eight players, four from each team, scored in double
figures in the contested, which lasted 106 minutes.
Nicaragua had the advantage (60-52) in kills, but Costa Rica
completely dominated in blocked shots (15-4).