TTO beat Costa Rica at Challengers Cup
PINAR DEL RÍO, Cuba, June 6, 2018.-
Trinidad and Tobago won their first victory by defeating
debutant Costa Rica 3-0 (25-12, 27-25, 26-24) in the second
round of the NORCECA Men’s Challenger Cup a qualifier to the
World Final towards the FIVB 2019 League of Nations.
The Caribbeans showed better cohesion than they had against
Puerto Rico plus an obvious physical superiority against the
Central Americans, but they slowed down the pace in the last two
sets allowing the young rivals to get near or even in the score
but unable to close them.
Wing spiker Akim Bushe with 12 points was the top scorer of the
match and his partner, the opposite Ryan Stewart added 10, while
the Costa Rican, Gilberth Solano, was the only one who achieved
double digits also with 10.
Sean Morrison, coach of Trinidad and Tobago, when expressing his
joy, assured that "my team was very professional in the
reception, one hurting element against Puerto Rico, today it
improved a lot, played more consistently, and in the second and
third sets the boys got tired a little, and they allowed more
points but they knew how to stay and get success".
His captain Ryan Stewart pointed out that "this match was much
better for us, we were stronger with more integration, much more
motivated and with a better team work. We improved the
reception, all the defense and it was a great team formation".
José E. Pavón, technical director of Costa Rica, acknowledged
that a negative characteristic of these players is that they
start without stamina, "then in the other sets they achieved
superior teamwork and desire to win, they did everything
possible and that satisfies us.
The last sets were tight, but we couldn´t close them as we don’t
have the clutch player for that moment something we need to sort
out in the multiple events in Central America.”
Captain Andres Araya said that "we are a young team with little
international experience, however I was very satisfied because
we went from less to more and it was shown on the court that we
gained confidence and felt at every point more comfortable, and
that for me is the highlight."