Costa Rica Earns Win Over Mexico

June 30, 2009, 7:18 p.m. (ET)

Match #22: Costa Rica Earns Win Over Mexico

MIAMI, Fla. (June 30, 2009) – Costa Rica outlasted Mexico 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 in a tight three-set match Tuesday afternoon during the final day of five consecutive pool play matches during the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

Costa Rica ends Pool A with a 2-3 record and in fourth place. After the tournament’s off day on July 1, Costa Rica will face the fifth place team from Pool B on July 2 at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, Mexico falls to 1-4 and fifth place in Pool A. It will challenge the fourth-place team from Pool B in the classification round.

Verania Willis notched a match-high 19 points for Costa Rica, while Karen Cope added 11 points in the victory. Paola Ramirez chipped in nine points for the winning team.

Migdalel Ruiz produced 15 points in leading Mexico. Martha Revuelta charted nine additional points in the loss.

Costa Rica held a slim 41-35 margin in kills and 8-5 advantage in blocks. Both teams turned in four blocks in the match.

“I think both teams are very similar and the points to each set were very similar,” Costa Rica Head Coach B. Godinez Blanco said. “The girls were very concentrated and physical out on the court. It was the concentration that was gave us today’s result.”

“We played a very bad match today, our worst match of the Pan American Cup,” Mexico Head Coach Samuel Cibrian said. “Costa Rica took advantage of our mistakes, and I congratulate them in their efforts.”