Tegucigalpa, Honduras; July 29, 2022.- Costa
Rica debuted this Friday with an exciting 3-1
(22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 28-26) victory over Belize
on the second day of the V Central American U23
Women's Afecavol Championship.
After losing the first set against an aggressive
attacking Belize, Costa Rica managed to recover
thanks to the work of Lakysha Thompson who
produced both in attack and blocking to add 19
points, to 9 by Nicole Mata. In addition, the
Belizeans made many mistakes, especially in
serves, even though they dominated this element
For Belize, Khaya Gordon had 19 points and 15
from Bruce Gareth. Guatemala was better in
blocking 11-10 and equaled 35 points in attack.
Errors were 48 for Belize and 33 for the
Ana Victoria Rojas, captain of Costa Rica: “At
the beginning we entered a little anxious for
wanting to do things well, as it was the first
match… but as we adapted we began to play
better. If we were expecting a strong Belizean
team, it demanded a lot from us and now we will
go game by game, hoping to add wins”.
Andrés Carvajal, coach of Costa Rica: “I am very
grateful for the work of the girls, we knew that
the potential that Belize has, which was going
to complicate us and was more complicated than
we expected, especially the closures that were
very tight and the first set that cost us to
start. The team showed mettle, they brought out
the experience and that's what makes the
difference; the tactical application they have
and draw on their experience”.
José Fontes, coach of Belize: “We fell into a
lot of deconcentration of our players and we
made many unforced errors, which is something we
always insist on, many errors in serves and we
were affected by some changes that we made that
emotionally destabilized the team. When those
factors are added up and we have a team like
Costa Rica against us, that costs you the game”.
Costa Rica will face Nicaragua at 2:00 p.m. this
Saturday, while Belize is off.