Costa Rica claims second 3-0 win against Belize

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 18, 2021 - Costa Rica achieved its second victory by a shutout 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-13) against Belize on the second day of the XXI Central American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup.

With Karen Cope and Tatiana Sayles on fire, with 15 points each, plus 9 from Tatiana Espinoza, Costa Rica did not give freedom to their opponents, who were beaten in everything, 41-19 in attack, 5-1 in blocking and 4- 2 in service, with 25 errors in favor of the winners for 24 committed.

Belize tried with captain Nelissa Ramírez (7) and Sherika Burton (6), but the nerves for the debut as it was the first game in this tournament made them.

Karen Cope, Costa Rica's best scorer: “We are very focused on following the planning and the coach's instructions. We are extremely happy and motivated to return to what we like, since we were unemployed for a long time, and secondly, because things are going well for us ”.

"This team was established and the one who has been arriving is me, they have been extremely special to me, they are very open, united and willing to work." said Cope.

Pablo Acuña, Costa Rica´s coach: “I am satisfied most of all because we played better than yesterday and the challenge is to play better every day. I think the execution was better, in defense we have to improve, but we are satisfied because Belize was one of the teams to beat and it was not easy, it was a very tactical game, we studied them with videos from about 3 years ago, the study we did it worked for us ”.

Nelissa Ramírez, captain of Belize: “I don't think we were nervous, I think we were eager to play, we wanted to be on the court and try to do our best. There are many young players and I think we have a lot to improve ”.

Lawrence Bennett, Belize´s coach: ”My team was a bit nervous as it was the first game today and Costa Rica knew how to take advantage of that. You have to wait for Belize to improve in the next matches, we have to improve the attack, the pass and try to do more damage with the serve, we need to stay calm and overcome the nerves”.

On Tuesday's schedule, Belize will face Honduras at 1:00 p.m., and Costa Rica has day off.