LA PAZ, Baja California, June 8, 2022.- Argentina beat Costa Rica 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-11) to claim their second win at the Women’s U21 Pan American Cup being held at La Paz Arena in Baja California Sur.
With 2-0 record and 10 points in pool C, Argentina is guaranteed at least second place resuming pool-play against the United States. Costa Rica has 0-2 record and will face Canada.
Argentina held advantage over Costa Rica with overwhelming margins, 24-15 in attacks, 11-2 in aces and 9-3 in blocks, and committing fewer errors (15-21).
Opposite hitter Constanza Perez led Argentina scoring 11 points on 7 kills and 3 aces, outside hitter Milena Margaria and middle blocker Josefina Ossvald tallied 8 points apiece.
From Costa Rica, opposite hitter Angelica Rodriguez scored 9 points all on kills.
Juana Giardini, Setter of Argentina: “We always battled and gave our all, it was a nice match, we had fun and the result is very important for our objective. The game was smooth, we put pressure with our serves, and we looked to score every possible point in attacks, but never forgetting our defense”.
Marcelo Silva, Head Coach of Argentina: “I was able to play with everyone because we need to be prepared for tomorrow and play our best against the United States that has a higher level than the two opponents we’ve faced here”.
Angélica Rodríguez, Top Scorer of Costa Rica: “We weren’t afraid of Argentina, we were standing well on the court, we gave a good performance. Today our attitude improved, and we closed our blocking, following our coaches’ instructions”.
Henry Rodríguez, Head Coach of Costa Rica: “Today our performance was good for a young team, this is the base of our U18 team, comparing to yesterday’s performance against a tough opponent, with good tactics and who I consider to be one of the finalists of the tournament (United States). The team was settled on the court, they received more and we scored good points over Argentina that has better height”.