Costa Rica controlled El Salvador 3-0

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, November 2, 2021.- Costa Rica controlled El Salvador 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) on day four of the XXI Men’s Central American Cup being held at Guatemala´s City Dome.


After a comfortable first set, Costa Rica recovered from a four-point deficit (10-14) to snatch a competitive second set to El Salvador. Costa Rica closed the third set with strength and total control for a 3-0 win-loss record; El Salvador stands with 3-2.


Costa Rica outscored 49-36 in attacks and 9-3 in blocking points; both teams scored one ace and El Salvador committed fewer errors (16-18).


With 19 points, opposite hitter Gilberto Solano of Costa Rica led all scorers; middle blocker Jason Brown added 12 points for Costa Rica. Outside hitter Franklin Flores led El Salvador with 15 points, joined by captain Rodrigo Chávez with 12 points.


Costa Rica will face Nicaragua at 4:00pm on Wednesday and El Salvador has the day off.


Richard Smith, captain of Costa Rica: “The team is really united since we started to train; we are focused on supporting and helping each other when we fail. Coming from behind in the second set, we were a bit anxious, but we slowed down, we relaxed and focused on the little things for a positive outcome in the second set”.


Johan Morales, Head coach of Costa Rica: “El Salvador is a great team, they’ve showed that they are warriors; it was expected that in the second set they were coming out stronger and we had to calm down to come from behind five points; we improved in receiving and our blocking was crucial with the double change (Kevin and Andres). El Salvador was down psychologically in the third set and on the contrary for us, we were tougher”.


Franklin Flores, top scorer of El Salvador: “Yesterday we had an intense match against Guatemala and today Costa Rica had a change of rhythm, we weren’t able to solve and sadly our attitude was down. Now we must think about Nicaragua to fight for a medal”.