Puerto Rico defeats Costa Rica to secure seventh place
HAVANA, Cuba, April 1, 2017–Puerto Rico secured the seventh
place by dominating Costa Rica in straight sets (25-9, 25-20,
25-21) on the penultimate day of the IV Pan American U-18 Girls’
Cup taking place at the Sports City Coliseum.
Puerto Ricans attacked and blocked more. However only in the
first set, they could win without any pressure as in the other
sets the Central Americans displayed resistance contributing to
a more exciting show.
Sofia Victoria (13), Ariana Pagan (11) were the top-scorers by
the wining team while for their rivals, Tamara Espinoza was the
only one who scored double figures (11) followed by her teammate
Isayana Soto who contributed 9 points.
Julio Meléndez, coach of Puerto Rico: “We could have made a
better work, but what matters is there was not any injured
player and we finished at least winning. However we will have to
assess some playing elements and continue working hard for
Andres Lopez, coach of Costa Rica: “The essential thing is the
girls will return happily without physical problems with a
yesterday’s victory which will chin them up. Although, obviously
I expected more, but we were in a pool where the other teams,
Cuba and Colombia, got to move on to semifinals. I am leaving
with a positive balance and optimistic as if we might have more
games, we will obtain better results.”