Costa Rica finally gets off the mark
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July 19, 2014 - Costa Rica defeated
Panama 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18 to finally get off the mark on
the penultimate night of the NORCECA Women’s Playoff Volleyball
Tournament Saturday at Sport & Physical Education Centre of the
St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies.
The winning team in the five-nation round-robin tournament on
Sunday night will earn the 24th and final ticket to
compete from September 23-October 12 in the World
But after being involved in the last two editions, Costa Rica
have no chance to make it this time as they had lost their first
two fixtures against Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.
They conclude their campaign on Sunday against Nicaragua, but
the Panamanians, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No.
55 in the world, said goodbye Saturday night after winning just
two sets from their four matches.
After scoring a tournament-high 20 points, Costa Rican captain
Angela Willis Lindo captain said: “We still need to improve, and
improve quickly, even though we are the No. 1-ranked team in
Coach Horacio Bastit was still “not satisfied with the
performance.” But he pointed “we improved on the serve tonight
and that was our biggest weakness in the other games.”
Paolo Ramirez Vargas (15) and Lindo’s sister Verania (11) also
scored in double figures for the winners, while Panama’s leading
contributors on the scoreboard were skipper Johanna Arroyo (16)
and Katherine Taju (13).
Costa Rica had a slight edge in both spikes (16-15) and blocked
shots (8-7) and both teams committed 30 errors each in the
“We improved our reception tonight, but they are very
experienced and know how to work as a team. They took advantage
of our weaknesses,” said Panama’s coach Reynaldo Ortega, who
also pointed out that he is proud of his team as no one expected
them to reach this far.