At 33, Angela Willis was one of the most experienced and the oldest player in the Costa Rica lineup at the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 but is now seriously considering her options away from Volleyball
Tokyo, Japan, November 4, 2010 – After leading Costa Rica to a repeat of their result on their debut performance at the FIVB Women's World Championship in 2006, one of Costa Rica's finest, Angela Willis, admits she is now weighing up her options.
Willis is considering a future without Volleyball following her team's 17th-place finish at the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010. Costa Rica needed to beat Peru on the final day of the first round in Tokyo on Wednesday to advance to the second round but went down 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 32-34, 25-19) in a thrilling match. That loss left them with a 1-4 win-loss record, their only success coming against Algeria on day two.
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"I have different life priorities now," Angela, 33, said following Wednesday's match. "I am studying in Costa Rica for a Masters Degree in Responsible Management in Economic Development. Maybe I will become a team manager one day but my playing future, I don't know. There are many young girls coming up who can hopefully replace me and (Costa Rica captain and sister) Verania."
Angela and sibling Verania have lit up the court for the central American team at this edition of the World Championship, with younger sister Verania topping her team's scoring list with 64 points, 23rd overall, including a mammoth 24 (more than double any of her team-mates) against Peru.
"She is a leader, her hitting power is immense, she was great tonight against Peru even if she was injured and in pain (with her knees)," Angela added. "She still is a great performer."
And despite coming away slightly disappointed with the result, the middle-blocker believes her team will look back fondly on their time in Japan. "It's been a great experience for everybody," Angela said. "This is our second World Championships and we came with some difficult objectives and we achieved the main one, beating Algeria while our best game was against Peru."
Braulio Godinez's side now travel back home and will look towards the NORCECA Championship qualification tournament in December to rebuild. However, Angela believes that development is needed in the country before Costa Rica can become a real power in the Volleyball world.
"We don't have the right training facilities in Costa Rica, not enough financial support. This is one of the things I may be able to help with in the future, if and when I get my degree, help with this side of things to help get some motivation for the players," she concluded.
Costa Rica, ranked 31st in the world, do return home with one world record to their name. The third-set score (34-32) in their favour against Peru on Wednesday tied the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 record for the highest set score. Croatia and Cuba managed the same points' tally in their first-round match in Matsumoto on October 29.