MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 16, 2021- With 15
consecutive titles, out of a total of 17, Costa
Rica becomes the main candidate to stay on top,
when the XXI Central American Senior Women's
Volleyball Cup begins on Sunday.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the
competition returns to the field and what more
scenario than the Alexis Arguello Gymnasium, in
Managua, which hosted the 2017 Central American
Costa Rica has beach volleyball Olympian Karen
Cope on its roster, along with experienced
players like Tatiana Sayles and Irene Fonseca.
They are joined by young players such as
Angélica Rodríguez, Julissa Rodríguez, María
Castro, Melissa Campos or Tamara Espinoza.
Meanwhile, Belize, second place in the last
Central American Cup in 2018, has only four
repeat players from that tournament: Sherika
Burton, Karen Quan, Kevanna Sebastian and
captain Nelissa Ramírez.
Nicaragua, for its part, has a combination of
experienced players such as Claudia Noguera,
Hellen Traña, Miriam Blandino and Lolette
Rodríguez, along with youth such as María Belén
Arcia, Francesca Medrano and Marcela Roa, who
want to improve the fifth place achieved in the
El Salvador, a bronze medalist in Belize 2018,
has Captain Adriana Flores, Gabriela Funes,
Tatiana Menjivar and María Jiménez, as the only
repeaters. Geannine Velásquez, Daniela López,
Nicole Araujo and Jennifer Durán are some of the
youths that complete the team.
Panama is led by captain Johana Arroyo, and
joined by Katherine Tajú, Thais Mosquera,
Hashlyn Cuero, Kariani Sáenz and María Gallimore.
María Alvarez is the captain of Guatemala, who
has achieved three bronze medals in the last
four tournaments, and also has Aury Alvarez,
Martha Guillermo, María García, Astrid González
and youth such as Anelisa Rodas and Naomi Monney.
Honduras, absent in the last Cup, arrives with
Cecille Johnson, Dora Bogran, captain Estefany
Godoy, Dazly Durán and Josselyn Waterhouse.
The games will be played at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
and 7:00 p.m.