Puerto Rico wins Pool B with
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 10, 2017. – Puerto Rico
won Pool B with perfect record after beating Costa Rica 3-0
(25-19, 25-19, 25-15) on the last day of pool-play of the U20
Women’s Pan American Cup in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Puerto Rico finished with 2-0 win-loss record and
ten points, advancing directly into semifinals and Costa Rica
will play for final classification places.
The Caribbean team performed with less energy
than they usually do as Costa Rica’s spikers worked around their
blockers. On interesting detail, all players from both sides
Puerto Rico held an overwhelming margin of 10-2
in blocking and advantage of 33-25 in spikes. Costa Rica scored
six aces and Puerto Rico four. Puerto Rico benefited from 28
opponent errors and committed 20.
Puerto Rico’s top scorer was middle Loraine Lopez
with 10 points, followed by opposite Dariana Hollingsworth
scored 8 points. For the Central American team, Tamara Espinoza
scored 11 points joined by opposite Mariana Rodriguez with 8
Dariana Hollingsworth, Puerto Rico’s captain:
“We performed carefully because we
wanted to score the most amount of points as possible to advance
into semifinals. We usually play faster and with more energy”.
Julio Meléndez, Puerto Rico’s Head Coach:
“This wasn’t our best performance,
Costa Rica worked hard and made things difficult for us,
fortunately we finished first and moved into semifinals. We
weren’t expecting Costa Rica to play so well with our blocking
and with good reception; they put us in trouble”.
Mariana Rodríguez, Costa Rica’s captain:
“On some level, the more experienced
teams have a tendency to be over confident and we must take
advantage using our own resources and playing steady. We
executed our coaches’ game plan very well; we improve playing
against Puerto Rico”.
Mario Romero, Costa Rica’s Head Coach:
“We limited our errors comparing to our first
match, we were focused on doing better. We put them in trouble
with our serves. We studied Puerto Rico to work with their
blockers because they are much higher than us. Playing against
teams with higher level than ours makes us grow”.