Trinidad & Tobago Edges Costa Rica
OMAHA, Nebraska, September 17, 2013 – Trinidad & Tobago edged Costa Rica 25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-13 Tuesday afternoon on the second day of the Visit Omaha NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship at Ralston Arena.
Playing its first match of the 2013 NORCECA Championship, Trinidad & Tobago had balanced scoring with five players reach double-digit scoring led by Sinead Jack with 18 points. Trinidad & Tobago captain Krystle Esdelle and Darlene Ramdin each pocketed 16 points. Costa Rica, which concludes the three-team Pool A with a 0-2 record and two points, was led by Verania Willis’ 17 points. Her sister and captain Angela Willis Lindo added 15 points, followed by Paola Ramirez’s 13 points.
In the tiebreaking fifth set, Trinidad & Tobago led 8-3 before Costa Rica stormed back to tie the set at 8-all. However, Trinidad & Tobago held on for a 15-13 victory with the final two points of the sets capped by an Estelle kill. Trinidad & Tobago held sizeable margins in blocks (19-9) and kills (62-50), while Costa Rica dominated from the service nine with a 8-4 ace advantage and benefited from 35 Trinidad & Tobago errors.
Trinidad & Tobago concludes Pool A on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT versus Dominican Republic (1-0, 5 points).
Trinidad & Tobago Captain Krystle Esdelle: (Before the fifth set) “We said no more joking around. We have to get this set. We are there, let’s take it home.”
Trinidad & Tobago coach Francisco Cruz: “All victories are good. The problem is not the players; the problem is the conditions of training in Trinidad & Tobago. That team only trains six hours a week. At that level it is necessary to train 24 or more hours a week. They have come to the tournament to gain experience.”
Costa Rica Captain Angela Willis Lindo: “We have played them before and we knew tactically what we needed to do, but it was very difficult because they are a very strong team. I think that was the advantage they had. At times we were lost and we didn’t know what to do.”
Costa Rica Coach Horacio Nester: “In the first set we struggled with serve receive and our attacking wasn’t what it’s supposed to be. We allowed Trinidad to block a lot of our attacks. We had a lot of mistakes and we didn’t close out the fourth set as we should have. We had great opportunities but our mistakes cost us the victory.”