Angela Leyva leads Peru to beat Mexico in thrilling five-setter
ICA, Peru, September 8, 2014. - Captain Angela Leyva led Peru
to beat Mexico in five thrilling sets 22-25, 25-23, 23-25,
25-23, 18-16 at the II Women’s U-23 Pan-American Cup Jose Oliva
Razzeto Coliseum in the City of Ica.
It was an exciting duel where Angela Leyva registered a
math-high of 26 points to keep Peru unbeaten in Pool A as Mexico
pushed strong to recover from yesterday’s loss to Argentina. The
home girls didn’t give up easily as Mexico subdued their efforts
blocking them from start to finish.
Peru topped Mexico in kills with 62-52 advantage, while Mexico
surpassed in the blocking (19-10) and service categories (7-5).
There was little difference in unforced errors, with Peru
committing a total of 34 and Mexico36.
Joining Leyva for the winners was opposite player Maguilaura
Frias and middle blocker Andrea Urrutia with 18 and 13 points
respectively. Also with double-figures, outside hitter Lisbeth
Sainz led Mexico’s scorers with 20 points, middle blocker
Jocelyn Urias with 18, opposite player Andrea Rangel with 13 and
middle blocker Patricia Valle with 10.
Angela Leyva was called for the anti-doping test, so Maguilaura
Frias, the second top scorer for Peru expressed “it was a well
disputed match, we had difficulties in our blocking and failed
serves, but our team effort helped us thru. Our goal is to
qualify; and we are confident that tomorrow against Argentina we
will show all our hard work”.
Mexican captain Andrea Rangel said “we committed too many
mistakes, we had the opportunity to win the fourth set but we
got desperate and we couldn’t counterattack. Now we must
continue practicing to win tomorrow”.
Coach Natalia Malaga of Peru said “the match was very even, with
errors from both teams, we lost many points to serves and Mexico
new how to benefit from our weak blocking. What we need is to
learn, continue to improve and thing about the matches ahead”.
Jorge Miguel Azair, Mexico’s head coach stated “we had many
errors, but comparing yesterday’s match against Argentina we
improved immensely, we need to work hard mentally and be more
controlled to finish winning sets and counterattack. But we have
a chance to continue in the competition advancing into the next