United States beats Costa Rica to remain undefeated

HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 24, 2022.- The United States beat Costa Rica 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-7) to remain undefeated at the Women’s Pan American Cup in Hermosillo.

The United States undefeated (3-0) will take on Dominican Republic (3-0) for first place in pool A on Thursday; Costa Rica (0-3) goes up against Puerto Rico (0-2).

The U.S. quickly dominated with a stronger offense to lead by a huge 39-9 in attacks over Costa Rica. The Americans also held a 7-2 margin in aces and a slim 6-5 margin in blocks, committing 22 errors against 24.

Outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry of the United States led all scorers with 11 points on 10 kills and one ace. Outside hitter May Mackenzie and opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy contributed with 9 points each.

United States celebrates defeating Costa Rica

On Costa Rica’s side, outside hitter Nicole Mata led with 4 points.

Veronica Jones-Perry, top scorer of United States: “So far, our team is doing a good job, building every day, coming together as a team and we are excited to see what we can do tomorrow against Dominican Republic; we will put up a fight and leave everything we can on the court. Today we were patient, we kept calm when things weren’t going our way and kept playing”.

Nicole Mata, top scorer of Costa Rica: “The match started nice for us against a strong opponent, they are a world volleyball power. We had good moments in defense, we did the best possible, we enjoyed it and benefited from the opportunity because we don’t always play against teams of this level of play. These tournaments push us out of our comfort zone, allowing us to gain experience”.