Tegucigalpa, August 01, 2022.- Costa Rica
defeated Guatemala 3-1 (25-214, 20-25, 25-21,
25-19), extending to five the victories achieved
in the V Afecavol Women's U23 Championship.
The four-time champions of the Under 23 category
advanced steadily to the last day to be played
this Wednesday, when they will face Honduras at
7:00 p.m. Guatemala, meanwhile, closed its
participation in the tournament with a record of
three wins and three losses.
Angélica Rodríguez with 15 points was the top
scorer for Costa Rica, while Lakysha Thompson
had 14 and Nicole Mata had 10 points. For
Guatemala, María Santa Cruz contributed 21
points, to 12 from Naomi Monney.
Costa Rica dominated blocking 13-7 and serving
6-2, but Guatemala was better in attack 48-42,
but they committed 34 errors, to 21 for the
Ana Victoria Rojas, captain of Costa Rica: “We
started the game quite strong, they were very
strong throughout the match and showed a good
team, but we controlled our game and did our
job. Our idea is to go out and win tomorrow's
game against Honduras, regardless of how they do
today, we're going to go all out”.
Angélica Rodríguez, Costa Rica's best scorer: “I
feel pretty good because they gave me the
opportunity and I knew how to take advantage of
it. We have a fairly united team, we have
trained a lot, we know each other and we are a
family on the pitch, that allows us to trust
each other and anyone can do a good job, if not
one, there is another who will do the best”.
Andrés Carvajal, coach of Costa Rica: "First we
have to thank God and the Virgin of the Angels,
someone so important in Costa Rica (today), they
have helped us a lot, especially to seek unity
in the group, strengthen that worked. The girls
have behaved up to the task, all the sacrifice
and effort they have made, they are receiving
their reward with what they have achieved”.