MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 18, 2021 - Costa
Rica achieved its second victory by a shutout
3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-13) against Belize on the
second day of the XXI Central American Senior
Women's Volleyball Cup.
With Karen Cope and Tatiana Sayles on fire, with
15 points each, plus 9 from Tatiana Espinoza,
Costa Rica did not give freedom to their
opponents, who were beaten in everything, 41-19
in attack, 5-1 in blocking and 4- 2 in service,
with 25 errors in favor of the winners for 24
Belize tried with captain Nelissa Ramírez (7)
and Sherika Burton (6), but the nerves for the
debut as it was the first game in this
tournament made them.
Karen Cope, Costa Rica's best scorer: “We are
very focused on following the planning and the
coach's instructions. We are extremely happy and
motivated to return to what we like, since we
were unemployed for a long time, and secondly,
because things are going well for us ”.
"This team was established and the one who has
been arriving is me, they have been extremely
special to me, they are very open, united and
willing to work." said Cope.
Pablo Acuña, Costa Rica´s coach: “I am satisfied
most of all because we played better than
yesterday and the challenge is to play better
every day. I think the execution was better, in
defense we have to improve, but we are satisfied
because Belize was one of the teams to beat and
it was not easy, it was a very tactical game, we
studied them with videos from about 3 years ago,
the study we did it worked for us ”.
Nelissa Ramírez, captain of Belize: “I don't
think we were nervous, I think we were eager to
play, we wanted to be on the court and try to do
our best. There are many young players and I
think we have a lot to improve ”.
Lawrence Bennett, Belize´s coach: ”My team was a
bit nervous as it was the first game today and
Costa Rica knew how to take advantage of that.
You have to wait for Belize to improve in the
next matches, we have to improve the attack, the
pass and try to do more damage with the serve,
we need to stay calm and overcome the nerves”.
On Tuesday's schedule, Belize will face Honduras
at 1:00 p.m., and Costa Rica has day off.