LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, June 11, 2022.- Costa Rica won the Central American clash to Honduras 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-17) for nineth place of the Women’s U21 Pan American Cup at Arena La Paz in Baja California Sur.
Costa Rica finished the event with 1-4 win-loss record and Honduras with 0-4, for ninth and tenth place accordingly.
Costa Rica set their pace in the second set while having difficulties getting into rhythm in the first set to come out in straight sets.
Costa Rica dominated Honduras with a huge 43-25 advantage in attacks; they also were more effective in blocks (8-4) and serves (9-2) but committed more errors (23-15).
Once again opposite hitter Angelica Rodriguez led Costa Rica’s offense scoring 16 points on 12 kills, 3 blocks and one ace, while outside hitter Nicole Mata added 11 points on 9 kills and two aces. Outside hitter Sofia Torres and middle blocker Dannia Leon chipped in with 7 points each.
Outside hitter Andrea Aceituno was Honduras leading scorer with 11 points on 10 kills and one ace.
Henry Rodríguez, Head Coach of Costa Rica: “We played one more match than Honduras, and they had a rest day, that’s why I think we had difficulties to get in rhythm. We had nice games for our team’s growth. I am satisfied with this result, it was expected. Before going in July to the Central American Championship in Belize, we must adjust, many things we practiced and didn’t do, and each player must self-correct”.
Marvin Ulloa, Head Coach of Honduras: “The players demand too much of themselves, our instructions are to go one step at a time, first execute well and then think about winning. There’s a combination of anxiety and errors before thinking in the actions of the game and playing well”.