Costa Rica unbeaten to seek for Central American Gold

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, November 4, 2021.- Costa Rica unbeaten will seek the gold medal of the XXI Men’s Central American Cup after defeating Belize 3-0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-18) at Guatemala’s City Dome.


Costa Rica with 5-0 record and 23 points, will play their last match of the competition against Guatemala. Belize finishes the event with a 2-4 record and 12 points.


In the second set, Costa Rica recovered from a four-point deficit (9-13) and won with an extended and dramatic score, having to substitute their setter Luis Felipe Alfaro who needed medical attention due to a leg injury.


Despite Belize’s advantage in attacks 44-40, Costa Rica was better in blocking with 8-5 margin and 3-0 in serves; also they limited their errors to 13 points against 27 from Belize.


Opposite hitter Gilbert Solano alongside outside hitter José Andrés Ortiz scored 15 and 13 points respectively for Costa Rica. Belizean Karym Coleman scored a match-high of 23 points; Francis Hauze added 14 points.


Luis Felipe, setter of Costa Rica: “I feel good, I felt a strain in my left knee but then I was able to play; we must recover well for tomorrow’s demanding match. Belize got closer because we committed some receiving and blocking errors, but we solved them quickly”.


Johan Morales, Head coach of Costa Rica: “I brought players who’ve been training for a long time and playing for almost 6 months, they have my complete trust; Andrés led the team in the second set and we pushed with or serve”.


Karym Coleman, top scorer of Belize: “I feel my team could have done better, we didn’t perform to our ability but at the end of the day we have to pay attention that most of us weren’t practicing together. As a unit we can still do better and build for the future, most are young players and I think we’re going to come back stronger the next time”.