Costa Rica beats Nicaragua at AFECAVOL U-18 opener
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 17, 2017. - Costa Rica defeated
Nicaragua 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-11, and 25-18) at the XII
AFECAVOL Girls’ U-18 Central American Championship opening match
in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Defending champions Costa Rica had some difficulties getting
into their usual rhythm while losing the first set; from there
forward they took control of Nicaragua’s spikers with a huge
14-4 margin in blocking, 8-4 in serves and 47-26 in attacks.
Costa Rica committed 35 errors and Nicaragua 30.
Costa Rica distributed their offense between opposite Ana Rojas
scoring 15 points, middle blockers Lakysha Thompson and Priscila
Alfaro with 12 points apiece, and outside hitter Karen Mora
chipped in with 10 points. Opposite Maria Arcia led Nicaragua
with 10 points, followed by outside hitter Masiel Brenes with 9.
Pamela Padilla, captain of Costa Rica:
“We were too nervous and I consider we played badly. Fortunately
we had a good attitude that pulled us out in the rest of the
match. For me, our next match is the hardest, we will face
Guatemala and with team effort we can come out on top”.
Mario Romero, coach of Costa Rica:
“Players are always nervous during their first match, they were
anxious and committing too many errors, that’s why we lost the
first set. Nicaragua’s slow rhythm really affected us. As the
match advanced we took control of the actions”.
Maria Arcia, captain of Nicaragua:
“We were more confident in the first set, as well as in the
fourth. After losing the second set our attitude was bad. We
battled strong, but we need to improve in receiving and
Claudia Noguera, coach of Nicaragua:
“Our lack of concentration was an issue. In the first set we
came from behind and with good energy, things went pretty well
for us. Technically speaking, Costa Rica is a team that
dominates spaces and we failed in defense”.
Schedule Friday August 18:
8:30 Nicaragua v El Salvador
10:30 Belize v Honduras
12:30 Costa Rica v Guatemala
15:30 Honduras v Nicaragua
17:30 El Salvador v Guatemala
19:30 Belize v Costa Rica