Reigning champion Costa Rica picks up fourth victory
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, December 14, 2017.- Reigning champion Costa
Rica picked up their fourth victory while defeating El Salvador
3-0 (25-22, 25-8, 25-22) at the women’s Volleyball tournament of
the XI Central American Games Managua 2017 at Alexis Argüello
Costa Rica’s performance lacked consistency; they only
overpowered El Salvador in set two with their accustomed
strength. Costa Rica’s fourth victory in a row developed slowly
and with little excitement.
Defending champion Costa Rica has a 4-0 win-loss record and 18
points, and El Salvador stands with 1-4 record and five points.
Costa Rica overwhelmed El Salvador with 37-17 advantage in
spikes, 7-5 in blocking and 7-2 in serving points, while
committing more errors 28-24.
Outside hitter Marcela Araya of Costa Rica was the only player
with double-digits scoring 16 points; opposite Paola Ramirez
finished with 9 points and middle blocker Johanna Gamboa with 8.
Opposite Kathya Vasquez led El Salvador with 8 points.
On Friday, Costa Rica (4-0) will face Panama (1-3) and El
Salvador (1-4) meets Honduras (1-2).
Opposite player of Costa Rica Paola Ramirez:
“We got into difficulties with a tough opponent like El
Salvador. We had a remarkable second set playing at our rhythm
and strong; we need to concentrate more to not follow our
opponent’s way and not being so lazy. This tournament is a test
for us because the Willis sisters were Costa Rica’s weapon.
Pulling off yesterday’s victory to Guatemala the way we did is
gratifying for this new generation. We have a young team and we
can observe their evolution”.
Head coach of Costa Rica Cesar Salas:
“The match was too slow, we committed too many errors and El
Salvador performed well. Our serves in set two we really harmful
and we performed aggressively; we should play like that against
Panama and Nicaragua”.