Strong win for Puerto Rico sweeping Costa Rica in NORCECA
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 8,
win for Puerto Rico sweeping Costa Rica 3-0 (25-8, 25-14,
25-13) in their pool A opening match at the NORCECA Women’s
Continental Championship in Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
Host Puerto Rico had no difficulties in defeating Costa Rica
while using several line-up combinations. Puerto Rico
decided the game with impressive 38-13 advantage in attacks
and 11-3 from the serving area; they also held 8-3 margin in
blocking, scoring 18 points on errors against 16.
Puerto Rica Marie Victoria y Shirley
Ferrer scored 8 points apiece and and Legna Hernández added
6 points. Tamara
Espinoza topped Costa Rica with 6 points.
The event grants three spots for the final four NORCECA
Olympic qualifier to be held in January; except USA that has
a ticket to Tokyo 2020, Dominican Republic already qualified
to the final four and Cuba whose team is not taking part of
the Olympic cycle.
The NORCECA Women’s Championship is
being streamed on NORCECA TV www.internetv.tv
On Wednesday, Puerto Rico meets Cuba and Costa Rica faces
Shirley Ferrer, opposite of Puerto Rico: “We feel well with
this debut, every win counts for reaching our first goal
that’s qualifying for the Olympic qualifier in January and
then winning a medal in front of our fans. Our coach made
some changes, observing our performance because it’s not the
same training than playing; what’s important is that we have
a team where everyone can be part of the six starters, so
our opponents can’t give anything for granted”.
José Mieles, Head Coach of Puerto Rico: “It was a good match
to begin with, break the ice and make variations for
everyone to be in rhythm. I am satisfied with the job, there
is always space for improvement and I think we could have
limited our errors”.
Mónica Castro, outside hitter of Costa Rica: “We are happy
to be in such an important tournament and we went from less
to more during the match. This is a new experience for most
of our players. We will improve for the future”.
José Miguel Briceño, Head Coach of Costa Rica: “In the first
set we had trouble in receiving and that affected our
hitters’ confidence. In the second and third sets we
adjusted our reception better, we made some changes and we
were able to solve more over the net. Puerto Rico is taller
than us and they always had double or triple blocks. This is
a learning experience for the team”.