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Lima, Peru, September 23, 2016 – Argentina swept Costa Rica 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-11) to conclude the preliminary phase of the U23 Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup with a 4-1 win-loss record at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum of Miraflores on Friday.

Costa Rica finished with a 1-4 record with their only victory achieved against Trinidad & Tobago.

Daniela Bulaich had a match-high 16 points for the winners, followed by Candelaria Herrera, who had 10 points, including two blocks and three aces.

Argentina held a 10-2 advantage in blocks and 8-4 in aces. The winners scored with 39 attacks compared to only 14 by Costa Rica.

Guillermo Orduna, coach of Argentina:“We are finishing the series with a very positive outcome and now we just wait to know the opponent in the semi-finals. The morale and attitude of the team are very high and that’s very important for all of us. Now we have to focus and work hard to face the next rival as in these instances we have to keep working with calm. When you come to these tournament, you are prepared to face every team at the same level, so we will wait to know who is the rival and work according to that.”

Braulio Godinez, coach of Costa Rica:“When the team is able to score consecutive points you can notice a change and that is why in the second set we played more or less at the same level with the errors by Argentina. Despite our slow start, it is important to point out that on the other side we had an opponent like Argentina and that complicates the things. The lesson learned in this tournament is that if we play with confidence we can play good sets despite our mistakes and you always can correct that. We have one important match left and we will focus in not taking unnecessary risks.”