United States moves into NORCECA semifinals

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, August 29, 2021.- United States moves into the Women’s NORCECA semifinals winning their quarterfinal match to Costa Rica 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-10) in Guadalajara, Mexico.


The U.S. team will face defending champion Dominican Republic in Monday's semifinal for not only a chance to move into the title match but to earn one of the two spots available for the 2022 FIVB World Championship.


United States had the opportunity to use their full team, leading by a huge 45-19 margin, 11-3 in blocks and 7-1 in service points, while scoring on 12 Costa Rican errors and giving away 15 points.  


Opposite hitter Veronica Perry was the only player of the U.S that performed the entire match, scoring a match-high of 14 points on 10 kills, one block and 3 aces; followed by middle blocker Rachael Kramer and outside hitter Lindsay Stalzer with 8 points each.


Costa Rica’s leading scorer was outside hitter Tamara Espinoza with 7 points.


Ashley Evans, setter of United States: “It was a full team effort with every single player able to see some court time, so it was a great opportunity to establish some connections that we’ve been working on. Costa Rica is a very scrappy team and they surprised us a couple of times with a lot of great digs that kept us on our feet. We are happy to move on”.


Joseph Trinsey, Coach of United States: “All thirteen players, except for Cuttino that was unavailable, were able to come in and contribute, especially in the third set. I happy with the group of players that came in that gave us a boost. For the semifinals we have to sustain consistency, in every match we’ve actually come out very strong and we’ve been on it from the beginning but we need to sustain it for the entire match”.


Mariana Rodríguez, Captain of Costa Rica: “We’ve been training well, nevertheless we didn’t perfom as we expected. We know that United States is an excellent team and our execution is messy. We had some inconsistencies in receiving, which ruins our scheme. This match gives us a better picture of what to practice on and improve”.


Pablo Acuña, Coach of Costa Rica: “My diagnosis is good, we need more experience, more work hours, investment; we showed our desire and the team follows the tactic but there are times we need more work. We want to finish the tournament well tomorrow, we’ve come from less to better, and we are happy but still not satisfied”