Costa Rica beats Nicaragua to remain undefeated
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, September 7, 2023 - Costa Rica prevailed over
Nicaragua 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23) to secure their second
victory in the XXII AFECAVOL Women's Senior Central American Cup.
In a highly significant match to reach the top spot in the tournament
and a rivalry from many years, both teams came out determined, but it
was Costa Rica who took the first step by gaining an advantage thanks to
their excellent serving and blocking, especially against Nicaragua’s
Costa Rica was better in blocking with an 8-2 advantage, while Nicaragua
took the lead in attacks with 51-48. They tied in 5 blocking points, but
Nicaragua conceded 30 points on unforced errors, compared to 26 from
Opposite hitter Tatiana Sayles led Costa Rica with 19 points, including
15 attacks, three blocks, and one ace, while Marcela Araya contributed
15 points, including 14 attacks and one block. For Nicaragua, Lolette
Rodríguez scored 14 points, with 12 attacks, one block, and one ace,
joined by Juny Aguilera with 13 points, including 12 attacks and one
On Friday, Costa Rica will face El Salvador at 4:00 p.m., and Nicaragua
has a break.
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Pablo Acuña, coach of Costa Rica: “We knew Nicaragua wanted the victory
just like us; the matches are always very tough. This game felt like a
five-setter because it was so intense. They came out to give it their
all, but we also have experience, determination, and the tactical plan
to stand our ground”.
Tatiana Sayles, top scorer of Costa Rica: “All games are important, but
this one is even more so because Nicaragua thrives when they play at
home, their fans support them a lot, and they are very tenacious. We
wanted to come and give our best, and we achieved this crucial win”.
René Quintana, coach of Nicaragua: “I am proud of the girls’ efforts.
Sometimes, the winner isn’t necessarily the one who plays better or does
things better, but the one who is luckier, and today, Costa Rica had
luck on their side”.