Costa Rica downs Guatemala at AFECAVOL U-18
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, August 18, 2017.- Costa Rica downed
Guatemala 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-9, 25-21) on the last match of
the morning session on day two of the XII AFECAVOL Girls’ U-18
Central American Championship.
Guatemala pushed harder in set three after losing set two with
overwhelming margin, but their great effort was not enough to
reach a tie-break.
Costa Rica managed to hold off Guatemala’s leading spiker Paola
Alvarado, with huge advantage of 13-3 in blocking as well as
11-4 in serves and with 32-26 margin in spikes. Both teams
committed similar amount of unforced errors, Costa Rica finished
with 43 and Guatemala with 42.
Costa Rica once again distributed their offense between several
players; opposite Ana Rojas scoring 14 points, outside hitter
Mary Alfaro and middle blocker Priscila Alfaro scored 12 points
apiece. Guatemala’s top scorer was outside hitter Paola Alvarado
with a match-high of 16 points.
Defending champions have 2-0 record and 8 points, Guatemala
drops to 1-1 record and 6 points.
Pamela Padilla, captain of Costa Rica:
“We adjusted our defense and reception pretty well. Our coach
instructed us to move more, yesterday we were too stiff. Our
attitude was much better and winning our second match makes us
very happy. Now we will face Belize and we are ready to move
Mario Romero, coach of Costa Rica:
“Our serves were strong, we managed to stop Guatemala’s
strongest player with effective blocking; she was off balance
and being the leader, all the rest followed. My team followed
our tactic instructions to perfection”.
Julio Dominguez, coach of Guatemala:
“There is no discussion that Costa Rica was better. I consider
that not only one player carries the result on her back, we
distributed our game, the team did not respond on crucial
points. The girls need to get a grip and have more character to
see that they are capable of winning, they haven’t realized
their strength in spikes and serves, they haven’t executed on