Mexico swept Costa Rica and will play for gold at NORCECA Women’s Final Four

PONCE, Puerto Rico, June 7th, 2024 – Mexico swept Costa Rica on day two of the NORCECA Women’s Final Four at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Mexico controlled the entire match with a dominant serving performance which was too strong for Costa Rica, scoring 11 aces on the first set. Mexico used a different line up on the third set with outside hitter Aime Margarita Topete coming off the bench.

Mexico performed better in attacks 37-19, blocks 9-3 and serves 17-6 while Costa Rica had fewer unforced errors 12-14.

Best scorers for Mexico were Outside hitter Uxue Guereca with 15 points (10 attacks, 2 blocks and 3 aces) and middle blocker Karina Flores Gamez with 14 points (5 attacks, 4 blocks and 5 serves) while for Costa Rica were middle blocker María Alfaro with 7 points (2 attacks, 2 blocks and 3 serves) and outside hitter Tamara Espinosa with 5 points (3 attacks and 2 aces).

Karina Angelica Flores Gamez MEX

The Mexicans are still undefeated in this tournament, with a 2-0 record, and will play with Puerto Rico on last day of competition. If Mexico wins, will be crowned champion of the tournament. 

Costa Rica, with 0-2 record, will play Cuba.

Top Scorer from Mexico – Uxue Guereca: It was a very good match, I think we did a good job. Costa Rica played really well but at the end we are very happy that we got the victory. Our serve was really good, same as our attacks and we were very effective on both skills. Tomorrow against Puerto Rico we need to come to play aggressively as we have done in previous matches and our first contact to be as strong as our attacks.

Top Scorer from Costa Rica – María Alfaro: I think Mexico is a very strong team. They pressured us with their serve and we were really weak with our reception and I think that was the key of the match since when we got a good reception, we were able to play one on one vs Mexico but I think we learned a lot, with many things to improve and eager to continue playing.