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Costa Rica to play Aruba for ticket to third round

Costa Rica won their two matches in four sets while Aruba needed five sets to outlast Curacao on Saturday

Oranjestad, Curacao, May 18, 2013 – Costa Rica and Aruba will play the final match of the NORCECA Second Round Group L Tournament of the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Poland after both teams won their two matches of Saturday at Centro Deportivo Betico Croes in Oranjestad.

Both sides will meet also earlier on Sunday morning in a meaningless match as they are secured of the two spots of the match for the ticket to the third round with their insurmountable 2-0 win-loss record.

The NORCECA eighth-ranked Costa Rica won their two matches over Curacao and Antigua & Barbuda in four sets while Aruba won in four over Antigua & Barbuda and came from behind to defeat Curacao in five thrilling sets.
Costa Rica v Curacao

Costa Rica defeated a high-spirited Curacao 25-19, 27-29, 25-17, 28-26 in the opening match. Costa Rica’s captain Richard Smith tallied 22 points, including four blocks and two aces, while Jeffrey Calderon and Jose Pablo Zumbado charted 12 and 11 respectively. Curacao’s Darwin Colina had a match-high 29 points followed by Jurcham Meulens with 14. The winners out-blocked their opponents 11-9 and held an 8-4 ace advantage. Costa Rica took advantage of 39  unforced errors of Curacao.

Aruba v Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba overcame Antigua & Barbuda in four sets (17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21) in the second match of day one. After dropping the first set, the home boys caught a good rhythm until the end. Eargenell De Cuba led the home team with 23 points, three aces included, while Frank Meermans and Jonathan Jones contributed 10 points apiece. Colin Thomas charted 17 points for the defeated side while Xavier Roberts and Kylon Cabrall added 12 and 11 respectively.

Costa Rica v Antigua & Barbuda
Costa Rica subdued Antigua & Barbuda in four sets (26-28, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20) for its second triumph in as many outings. The winners held a 17-9 margin in the blocking category and both teams made 27 unforced errors. Richard Smith led Costa Rica with 21 points followed by Jeffrey Calderon and Jose Pablo Zumbado with 15 and 11 respectively. Antigua’s Thomas Collin had a match-high 24 points and James Jamarie finished with eleven.

Aruba v Curacao
Aruba scored a sensational victory in five sets over Curacao (20-25, 25-15, 23-25, 27-25, 15-13) to secure a spot against Costa Rica in the finals.  The home team, supported by a cheering crowd, was able to erase one 9-13 deficit in the tie-breaker to claim the win. Eargenell De Cuba led four players of Aruba in double figures with 22 points. He was followed by Jonathan Jones (15), Frank Meermans (13) and Angela Fransua (12). Curacao’s Darwin Colina wa the top scorer of the match with 24 points while Gilbert Poulina and Raygid Isenia added 12 and 11 respectively.



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