Costa Rica Cruises to Victory Over Trinidad & Tobago

July 02, 2009, 5:36 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 2, 2009) – Costa Rica swept Trinidad & Tobago 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 and advanced to the 5-8 positions round of the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup. In that stage of the tournament the Costa Ricans will compete with Canada and the losing teams of the quarterfinals phase.

Trinidad & Tobago will face Mexico in a match for the ninth position on Friday at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

Siblings Angela and Verania Willis paced the Costa Rican attack with 16 and 13 points, respectively, while Irene Fonseca charted 10 tallies. Karen Cope Charles added 8 points, including four service aces.

Krystle Esdelle led Trinidad & Tobago with 10 points and Kelly-Anne Billingy and Sinead Jack each scored 8 points.

“We tried to play as good as we could and to minimize our errors,” said Verania Willis, the captain of Costa Rica. “Our serves worked well and we will try to stay focused and play point by point the rest of the tournament.”

“My team played very bad today and we know we can play a lot better,” said Nicholson Drakes, the coach of Trinidad & Tobago. “Obviously, we have a lot of work to do.”

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