TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 19, 2022 – Puerto Rico got its first win of the Girls U19 Pan American Cup with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-5) win over Costa Rica on Tuesday at the Cox Business Convention Center.
Puerto Rico (1-1) will finish pool play on Wednesday with a match against Dominican Republic (1-0). Costa Rica (0-2) will wrap up pool play against Brazil (1-0).
Puerto Rico led the stats in spikes (48-12), blocks (5-0) and aces (11-2). Costa Rica scored 14 points off Puerto Rico’s errors while committing 11.
Puerto Rico opposite Grace Lopez led all scorers with 14 points on 10 attacks, a match-high three aces and one block. Outside hitter Destiny Skerrett added 12 points on 10 spikes and two aces.
Costa Rica was led by outside hitter Nazareth Mata with six points on six kills.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, coach of Puerto Rico: “A three-set win. We were able to rotate our players to learn whom we can count on. Our counter-attacks worked well and our serves created some problems to Costa Rica. Now we have to go to practice in order to prepare tomorrow’s match.”
Kareem Richards, coach of Costa Rica: “The girls looked a little better than yesterday but it is a process. We know there are factors that affect their performance. We recognize the difference that the difference with the other teams is big and we hope someday they can play at that level.”