Chile closes its participation with a victory against Costa Rica

PONCE, PUERTO RICO, August 12, 2023.- Chile ended its participation in the XX Senior Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup with a three-set victory, 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-18) against Costa Rica at the Juan “Pachín” Vicens Auditorium in Ponce.

This was the first victory for Chile. The Chileans finish in the ninth position of the tournament, and Costa Rica in 10th.

Chile had total control of the game against Costa Rica in attacking points, 47-24; in blocks, 7-3; and direct services, 6-3.

For Chile, captain Beatriz Novoa was the best scorer with 17 points (14 atacks, 3 blocks), Elisa Sandrock with 10 points (7 blocks, 3 aces); and Paula Vallejos with 10 points (9 atacks, 1 block). For Costa Rica, Marcela Araya with eight points in attacks; María Fernanda Alfaro with five points (3 attacks, 1 block, 1 ace); and Tannia Carazo with four points, all in attacks.

Chile ninth position

Alejandro Marín Hormazábal, Coach of Chile: “We are very happy. This victory was what we had been looking for during the tournament, and today it was given to us. We played very well. Returning to Chile and having to face the South American Tournament with a victory is very positive for the spirit of the girls and for us as a staff as well. We leave happy, and at the Pan American Games (in Chile) we are going to fight for a medal”.

Beatriz Novoa, Captain of Chile: “It is always good to finish a tournament with a victory. In this championship we made a good demonstration, compared to other Pan American Cups that we have participated in. Very happy for the group, but we still have many things to improve. I gave the team everything I wanted and what I could. I am very satisfied, but never comfortable. I will continue training and improving”.

Pablo Acuña, Coach of Costa Rica: “The important thing for us in these competitions is to analyze the team’s performance well. We got a lot of feedback on what we can improve at the K1 level because I think it was a big problem. In addition, the reception and attack from the serve. That is what we are looking for in this tournament, to give us the indicators where we must improve to work on them”.