Canada downs Costa Rica in second win at NORCECA
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 9,
downed Costa Rica 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-13) in their second
win in pool A at the NORCECA Women’s Continental
Championship at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan,
Canada with 2-0 win-loss record resumes the preliminary
round against host Puerto Rico; the winner advances directly
to semifinals and automatically wins a ticket to the NORCECA
final four Olympic qualifier in January. Costa Rica
finishes pool A facing Cuba.
Despite Costa Rica’s good efforts in defense, Canada won on
a sizeable 38-16 advantage in attacks, 6-2 in blocks and
with strength in serve with 13-4 margin. Canada committed on
more error than Costa Rica (19-18).
Outside hitter Kyla Richey led Canada scoring 7 aces from
her 15 points, middle blocker Alicia Perrin and outside
hitter Hilary Howe contributed with 11 and 10 points
accordingly. Outside hitter Tamara Espinoza scored 12 points
for Costa Rica.
Kyla Richey, captain of Canada: “Today’s performance had a
little bit of ups and downs, using a new line-up and trying
to get our rhythm. Costa Rica battled and had a good defense
but we were able to win on the serving line. We are really
excited to play Puerto Rico tomorrow because the winner for
sure is going to the Olympic qualifier; so it’s going to be
a big match and we hope pick up our game. Canada is looking
to expose their different strength using several variations,
that’s why I didn’t play yesterday”.
Benjamin Josephson, Head Coach of Canada: “Mission
accomplished today, we got a lot of good work done and
improved ourselves; play some players that didn’t perform
yesterday. Tomorrow is going to be a tough match, Puerto
Rico is a great team, they are a passionate team, with great
energy and I hope that brings out the best in us”.
Eugenia Ramirez, captain of Costa Rica: “We are satisfied
with the first set because yesterday against Puerto Rico we
struggled in reception with their serves and today we were
better. In the second set again we had deficiencies in our
reception but we adjusted well in the end. Today we did
better than yesterday and our objective is to go on growing
during the tournament. Tomorrow we hope our offense in
serves is stronger against Cuba to try to compensate our
height and have more opportunities”.