MANAGUA, Nicaragua, October 17 2021 - Costa Rica
began the defense of the title in the XXI
Central American Senior Women's Volleyball Cup,
by winning 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-17) over El
Salvador in the first game of the first day.
The Costa Ricans took advantage of the nerves
and anxiety of the opponents to make a
difference from the start with 8 points, in the
first set, the same happened in the second set
with a 7-2 advantage, although the Salvadorans
tried to get closer in the closing arriving
21-16, but Costa Rica closed strong winning the
In the third, El Salvador started winning 4-1,
but Costa Rica turned it around with 7 points in
a row (8-4) and from there they did not give up
Costa Rica dominated the match with 29-26 in
attack, 10-2 in blocking and 9-4 in service,
committing only 18 errors, by 27 of their
Tatiana Sayles, with 14 points for the best
scorer for Costa Rica, Tamara Espinoza
contributed 9 and 8 from Karen Cope. For El
Salvador, Daniela López with 7 and Captain
Adriana Flores with 6 points.
Irene Fonseca, Costa Rica´s Captain: “It is
always important to start winning, the team went
from less to more, just like El Salvador, the
level was increasing set by set and that was
something important. Perhaps with more training,
knowing the court more, we will gain more
confidence and raise the level further ”.
"There are always nerves in the first game, a
lot of anxiety, as the tournament progresses
that is managed, so opening winning is something
positive," said Fonseca.
Pablo Acuña Campos, Costa Rica`s Coach: “This
game was especially difficult because we could
not train before in this gym, but they are
external factors, I really liked the cohesion of
the team, we have a good group that helps each
other and tries to do their best at each point.
We have to work hard at the reception on this
court and we will work on that in the following
games, hoping to improve”.
Adriana Flores, El Salvador´s Captain: “It was a
slow start, we didn´t want this, but this is a
fairly young team, I like it that way because
the experience will add up little by little.
This result does not mean that the next matches
will be the same, today it was totally
adaptation, we can improve in elements such as
reception and not miss so many serves ”.
Nery Petrovic, El Salvador´s Coach: “I have 10
athletes who are debuting in their first major
and the lack of experience showed. I think we
have come out of the most complicated game,
after this the other games will be different. We
are preparing this team for the Central American
and Caribbean Games, of which we are host, and
therefore each game we want to sum a lot of
Costa Rica will face Belize at 4:00 p.m. on the
second day this Monday, while El Salvador meets
Honduras at 1:00 p.m.