Costa Rica one step away from the title by defeating Panama in straight
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, September 10, 2023 - Costa Rica had no trouble
defeating Panama 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-18) on the fifth day of the XXII
AFECAVOL Women’s Senior Central American Cup at the Alexis Arguello
It was Costa Rica’s fifth consecutive victory, as they took an early
lead in each set, thanks to their serving that troubled Panama’s
reception and reduced their attack.
Costa Rica led 40-17 in attacks, 4-3 in blocks, and both teams scored 5
service points. Costa Rica scored 26 points from Panama’s errors and
gave away 16.
Tamara Rodríguez and Marcela Araya each scored 12 points for Costa Rica,
while Hashlyn Cuero scored nine for Panama.
Costa Rica will rest on Monday, and Panama will face Guatemala at 4:00
AFECAVOL COPA MAYOR FEMENINA
Pablo Acuña, coach of Costa Rica: “Satisfied with this match, we told
the players that it was a match to minimize errors and capitalize on our
strengths, and fortunately, they were very focused on that. Now, we have
the final push, and we are prepared for that last match”.
María José Castro, libero for Costa Rica: “We are happy; every match is
tough, and every team has its strengths, and we must get stronger each
time for the goal. We must stay very focused because it can slip away
from us by a small margin. We have players from different generations,
and we are quite united both on and off the court; we support each
other, and together we all play well”.