Costa Rica defeats Guatemala for fifth place

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 good volleyball”.

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”.