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Costa Rica wants to keep on reigning in Women’s Volleyball

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 9, 2017. - Defending champions Costa Rica are prepared to keep on reigning as the women’s Volleyball tournament is ready to kick off on Sunday at the 2017 Managua Central American Games at Alexis Argüello complex.

After the official registration of each player and the general technical meeting, coaches of the seven participating teams gave their first impressions on the eve of the tournament.

Costa Rica has won the Games on seven occasions since their creation, three of them consecutively. According to coach Cesar Salas, Costa Rica has no other option than to win the gold medal.

Cesar Salas, Head coach of Costa Rica: “We have a huge responsibility; we must win the gold medal, there is no other option, the technical staff and the players are aware of this. Our preparation has been intense for the past weeks; we have experienced players that have proven to be winners and some younger ones that are eager to achieve our goal”.

Delio Arruebarrena, Head coach of Belize: “Belize didn’t compete at a senior level last year, so we decided to bring a U-23 and under players. Every team here is well prepared and we aren’t the exception; we’ve been working for the past three months I consider we’ve done a good job and the team comes with high level. If the players don’t get nervous and keep focused, we may complicate our opponents; we might even win a medal”.

Ingrid Rivas, Head coach of El Salvador: “My team is a mix of experience and youth. We’ve been preparing for a whole year. We are aware that other teams have longer preparations, but we’ve done our best physically and technically speaking”.

William Fernandez, Head coach of Guatemala: “Our preparation has been strong, we played the world qualifier in Dominican Republic and my players grew as a team from that competition. There is a strong rivalry between all of us here and we can’t underestimate anyone, we all have the same goal. Our minds are set in fighting each an every match; everyone is really motivated”.

Catherine Leiva, Assistant coach of Honduras: “We have high expectations, we’ve been practicing for three months and the girls are very motivated; they have been very disciplined and I’m happy to be assisting our head coach Osiel; he is very determined, demanding and there’s a good vibe with the team. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but we will play hard to be in the podium”.

René Quintana, Head coach of Nicaragua: “My team should play their hearts out always; it doesn’t matter if we are hosts or visitors. Now that we’re hosting the event we have the advantage of our crowd’s support but there is also the disadvantage that the players pressure themselves to perform well in front of their supporters, they don’t want to fail. As always, we want to be in the podium”.

Mercedez Pomares, Head coach of Panama: “My players are responsible; I’ve included during the training process a selection of younger players to start a development plan in Panama. I can’t speak about expectations because I haven’t seen the Central American teams. I am happy with the team I’ve set up; we’ve been practicing for seven months”.