Costa Rica remains undefeated by beating Nicaragua
CIUDAD QUESADA, Costa Rica, November 22, 2019 - Costa Rica
moved one step away from the gold medal of the XIII Central
American U18 Women's Volleyball Championship by defeating
Nicaragua 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-17) on the penultimate day.
With four wins without defeats, Costa Rica needs to beat
Guatemala on Saturday to finish unbeaten and recover the
throne they lost in the last tournament against Honduras.
Nicole Mata led Costa Rica with 12 points and Merilyn Vindas
contributed 8. Francesca Medrano was the best for Nicaragua
with 11. Costa Rica was better in attacks 35-27, blocks 6-2
and services 7-4, committing 25 unforced errors to 27 by the
Sophia Chavez, captain of Costa Rica: “I am very proud of
all of us because we have fought, worked and given
everything, courage and heart to represent our country. Each
rival has been different, what we have tried to do is not
get overconfident, give everything on the court, because
every rival has its potential.”
Norma Brenes, captain of Nicaragua: “This match against
Costa Rica was very important for us, the victory was in our
hands, but our attitude failed, we lost the initiative. All
teams are very strong, we have had to fight hard to have the
results we have obtained.”
Henry Rodríguez, Coach of Costa Rica: “Today we got the win,
but we always have some problems, we are doing well and
suddenly we give away points. The best player was unable to
play, I did not want to risk her, but had to enter to solve.
If you ignore the things you have to do, you can lose, so I
tell you that we have to do what we train, and not get out
Costa Rica faces Guatemala at 7:30 p.m. in the last game of
the tournament, while Nicaragua and Honduras will fight for
a spot on the podium at 5:00 p.m.