Costa Rica in difficult position beating Panama in five sets
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 13, 2017. - Costa Rica prevailed in
3-2(25-14, 25-16, 18-25, 20-25, 15-10) over Panama earning their
second win to stand in a difficult position in the men’s
Volleyball tournament of the 2017 Managua Central American
Day four of competition kicked off with Costa Rica’s set back to
a persistent group of Panamanian players. Costa Rica’s
complications came with Panama’s comeback on line-up changes,
using all their weapons to overcome their 0-2 set deficit.
Costa Rica is in a difficult position of reaching the podium
with 2-2 win loss record and 8 points. This was Panama’s third
consecutive match in five sets in four outings; to stand with
1-3 and 7 points.
Costa Rica did better in blocking (10-6) and Panama in attacking
(42-40); both scored on two aces. The significant margin in
error was crucial in Costa Rica’s second victory, while scoring
on 51 opponent errors and finishing with 39 of their own.
Opposite Esteban Araya led Costa Rica on 14 points of 10 kills
and 4 blocks, followed by outside hitters Alberto Blanco and
Javier Alvarez with 13 and 12 points apiece. Outside hitter
Oswald Marshall led Panama with 14 points all in kills.
Costa Rica’s (2-2) next opponent is El Salvador (2-0) and Panama
(1-3) will play against Honduras (1-1).
Best scorer of Costa Rica Esteban Araya:
“Our objective was to win in three sets. The younger players
from Panama deserve credit because they fought strong; we lost
confidence in our performance. We will continue working hard to
win a medal, but we need to be effective in our next outings and
wait for other’s results”.
Head coach of Costa Rica Juan Acuña:
“Panama´s coach adjusted his line-up, they have played ten sets
previously from this match and their experienced players weren’t
executing well; they added more energy with their younger
players. Panama finally gave in. Now we don’t depend only from
our results but that of the others if we want to win the silver
medal because Guatemala is likely to win the gold”.
Captain of Panama Domingo Avila:
“My team is adjusting better and we’ve been working hard for the
points. I believe we will finish well”.
Head coach of Panama Eugenio Ortiz:
“Our game kicks in too late. We are having difficulties with our
setters; they can’t find solutions during the game. We need to
work harder with them y make new ones if we want good results.
We have never practiced in the morning and we need more