Costa Rica holds on Central American women’s title
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 16, 2017.- Costa
Rica defeated Nicaragua 3-2 (25-10, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 15-12)
to hold on to the women’s Central American Games title at the
eleventh edition of Managua 2017.
Costa Rica survived to five demanding sets with
authority over the home team Nicaragua. The well-structured
title holders stood up to the more than eight thousand
spectators at the Alexis Argüello sport complex waiting to
celebrate Nicaragua´s first title ever. The host team recovered
from 0-2 set deficit to settle with the silver medal, fourth in
Costa Rica wins their fourth consecutive title,
of a total of eight since the creation of the Central American
Games, with unbeaten 6-0 win-loss record and 27 points.
Nicaragua finishes with 5-1 and 25 points.
The champions finished with advantage in every
skill with 56-43 margin in spikes, 12-7 in blocks and huge 11-3
margin in aces. Costa Rica committed 41 errors and Nicaragua
finished with 32.
Opposite Paola Ramirez was Costa Rica’s best
scorer with 23 points, joined by outside hitter Marcela Araya
with 16 points, middle blocker Mijal Hines with 14 points and
outside hitter Tannia Carazo with 10 points. Opposite Hellen
Traña topped Nicaragua collecting 14 points and middle blocker
Josafat Diaz added 11 points.
Head coach of Costa Rica Cesar Salas:
“It was a tough victory; our game plan worked out
very well in sets one and two; in sets three and four Nicaragua
outgrew us, but with our change in setter we recovered in set
five. I’ve been in charge of the team for just two months and a
half and I am really pleased with the result. We are a very
technical and intelligent team”.
Captain of Costa Rica Mijal Hines:
“this medal seems like glory to us, it was a
great match against an excellent opponent; this was a worthy
title match. We came on top because we were better. We finished
undefeated but with difficult performances’, our strategy and
team effort was the key to never give up”.