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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 their history

 

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”.