Costa Rica reaches 15 consecutive titles

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 22, 2021 - Costa Rica beat Honduras 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-8) to claim the gold medal of the XXI Central American Major Women's Volleyball Cup while reaching 15 consecutive regional titles starting in El Salvador 1993.


Tamara Espinoza closed an exceptional tournament by scoring 14 points, by 8 from Karen Cope and 7 from Tatiana Sayles. Cecille Johnson and Dora Bogran, with 5 units each. Costa Rica was better in attack 34-11, blocking 4-2 and serving 10-3, with 27 errors by their opponent, for 23 committed.


Nicaragua was second by beating El Salvador 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-10), which for the second consecutive tournament won the bronze medal.


Hellen Traña and Josafat Díaz scored 10 points each; for El Salvador María Jimenez was left with 8 and six from Gabriela Funes. Nicaragua made the difference with 14 effective blocks, by none of the Salvadorans, who were outscored 26-19 in attack and 3-2 in service, with 32 errors by El Salvador by 21 of the winners.


Nicaragua closed the match with the farewell of Captain Claudia Noguera, who retired with 80 matches wearing the shirt of the blue and white team.


Panama and Belize defined the fifth position, with a triumph for the Panamanians 3-2 (18-25, 25-15, 24-26, 25-17, 15-13) in a highly contested match, with comebacks in each set.


Haslyn Cuero scored 19 points for Panama, Joanna Arroyo and Nayoisse Campbell left with 14 and 10 for Elena Berrocal. For Belize, Sherika Burton scored 23 points and 18 for Captain Nelissa Rivera.


Panama was better in attacks 60-46, blocking 9-7 and service 11-5, also taking advantage of 27 points due to errors by their opponents, although they committed 38.


Final positions: 1.- Costa Rica, 2.- Nicaragua, 3.- El Salvador, 4.- Guatemala, 5.- Panama, 6.- Belize, 7.- Honduras.