Costa Rica secures important straight set win against Panama
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, September 19, 2018.- Costa Rica
secured an important straight set win 3-0 825-17, 25-19, 25-23)
against Panama on day three of the Men’s U23 AFECAVOL Central
American Championship in Teodoro Palacios Flores of Guatemala
Costa Rica keeps their hopes alive earning important five points
for a total of 10 ranking points and 2-2 win-loss record, while
Panama drops to 2-2 record and remains with 9 points.
Costa Rica edged Panama in both technical timeouts in the first
set 8-5 and 16-11 managing a comfortable lead up to the end. Set
two was as solid for Costa Rica, also leading from start to
finish managing a good control of the ball. Panama’s reaction in
the third set kept the scored tied at 11, 15 and 20, but Costa
Rica remained in command.
Costa Rica overwhelmed with 47-29 margin in spikes; they also
led by a slim 10-9 in blocks and 4-1 in aces. Costa Rica allowed
14 point errors and scored on 20 Panamanian errors.
Gilberth Solano carried Costa Rica with 25 points including 22
kills; joined by Oscar Ramirez with 13 points on 10 kills and 3
blocks. Felix Williams once again led Panama with 16 points, the
only player with double-digits.
Costa Rica (2-2) will rest on Thursday, while Panama (2-2) faces
Costa Rican captain Jason Brown their tactic game plan was
concrete “we executed well, we studied our opponent, we knew
what to do thanks to our Data Volley coach (Rony) our job was
directed well. Gladly, we followed instructions and things went
as expected. The team was comfortable because we had studied our
opponent, I still think the team has more to give, we have ups
and down, but we are more confident and we must keep like this,
with high energy because what comes is not easy”.
Coach Juan Acuña of Costa Rica indicated “I am satisfied but the
team lost concentration in the last set. This is the fourth day
of competition and the team shows how well prepared they are,
the players were more effective, against a team like Panama that
was performing really well during the past days. We were careful
tactically speaking, with our Data Volley we exploited their
weakness and minimized their strength. Panama faced a team that
served well, attacked them and blocked them well too; we left
them without tactical options to react. Now we have to look for
the third place”.
Horacio Angulo coach of Panama said “my team did not play, they
lacked energy, I made some changes but they didn’t react; there
were too many unforced errors, our best weapon (blocking) didn’t
work either. Our setter wasn’t creative; he didn’t give many
options for a better performance as the previous games. We gave
life to a team that was out of the run, granting them five