AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, August 15, 2021. - Costa
Rica defeated Guatemala 3-0 (25-14, 25-12,
25-15) finishing fifth place at the Women’s U23
Pan American Cup in Aguascalientes.
Costa Rica prevailed in another Central American
duel against Guatemala with a huge 33-16
advantage in attacks and 5-0 in serves;
Guatemala held a slim 5-4 margin in blocks.
Costa Rica committed 20 unforced errors and
Guatemala ended with 30.
Outside hitter Tamara Espinoza of Costa Rica led
all scorers with 11 points followed by opposite
Ana Victoria Rojas tallied 10 points.
Guatemala’s top scorer was outside hitter Naomi
Monney with 7 points.
Carlos Quesada, Coach of Costa Rica: “It was an
obligation to win against the other team from
the Central American zone. It was a bitter-sweet
tournament for us, we lost a good match, but we
are leaving with a lot of knowledge as a coach
and for the girls. We showed that Costa Rica has
David Aldana, Coach of Guatemala: “We didn’t
accomplish our game play, this is when you
struggle with players that are not from this
age-group who have the strength to compete and
this is the result. I consider our reception one
of the best of the tournament”.