Tegucigalpa, August 01, 2022.- Costa Rica saved
three match points in the first set to win 3-0
(29-27, 25-19, 25-13) over El Salvador in the
end, and remain undefeated in four games, in the
V Afecavol Women's Under 23 Championship.
The Salvadorans pressed in the first set until
they tied at 24 points, after trailing 24-21,
but they did not take advantage of the match
points they had, failing at key moments, while
Costa Rica maintained concentration and gave the
first emotional blow for later the game arrive.
Lakysha Thompson was the top scorer for Costa
Rica with 13 points, to 11 from María Sofía
Arroyo, while El Salvador had 13 points from
Daniela López and 10 from María Rodríguez. Costa
Rica dominated in attack 39-30, in blocking 7-5
and in service they were equal 2-2, with 31
errors by the Salvadorans to 22 by their
Lakysha Thompson, best scorer for Costa Rica: “I
feel that the team has been on the rise; in each
game we improve, like we caught the mistakes of
the previous game and corrected them today and
that is helping us to progress in each game. The
more a team demands of us, the better we prepare
for the next match, they demand more of us and
it is better for us. I feel that if we stay
united and if we play our game we will continue
to achieve victories, luckily we have a very
united group, we have played together for many
years and we have incorporated the new ones very
well and we support each other”.
Andrés Carvajal, coach of Costa Rica: “We are
happy with the result and with the level that
the rival showed, it was difficult for us at the
beginning, during some stages of the game we had
to make variations and luckily we found an
answer on the bench as well, there it is our
strength. In the replacement players today we
find that respite, that emotional push that we
needed and we managed to get the job done”.
Noé Fabián, coach of El Salvador: “It was a good
match, especially in the first two sets, in the
third we fell apart mentally, since fatigue
affected us a lot, but I'll take the good part,
the first two sets, which we were three times to
win it, but small mistakes were costly. El
Salvador has always stood out for the grit and
intensity that we put into it, we've had a lot
of difficulties since players were injured, but
we have to keep giving our best”.
Costa Rica will face Guatemala this Tuesday at
2:00 p.m. in a match that could define a place
in the medal table.
El Salvador will face Belize at 4:30 p.m.