Argentina opens with victory over Puerto Rico
CALLAO, Peru, June 10, 2013 – Argentina opened the Movistar
Women’s Pan American Cup with a straight-set (25-23, 25-21,
25-15) victory over Puerto Rico in action of Pool A at Coliseo
Miguel Grau on Monday.
Puerto Rico experienced reception difficulties the whole match
while Argentina showed a consistent blocking.
Paula Nizetich led Argentina with 14 points followed by Lucia
Fresco and Emilce Sosa with 11 and 10 respectively. Josefina
Fernandez and Natalia Aispirua contributed 9 and 8. For Puerto
Rico Lynda Morales finished with 9 points.
Argentina held advantages of 13-9 in blocking and 6-2 in aces.
Both teams gave away 20 points via unforced errors.
Argentina’s Coach Guillermo Orduna considers the Pan American
Cup as a big challenge for his team because of their lack of
international matches recently.
“I hope we can increase our level with the upcoming matches,” he
said. “We don’t have a lot of power in the attack so we needed
to work starting from the serves.”
“Argentina based their tactics in offensive serves and the
blocking,” Puerto Rico’s Rafael Olazagasti said. “They landed
points when needed to decide the first two sets. I tried with
some changes but didn’t work.”
The Argentinean Nizetich considered Puerto Rico didn’t play up
to their best and “our blocking was the key for the victory.”
“It was an excellent game for Argentina but we also made too
many mistakes,” Puerto Rican Yarimar Rosa said. “I hope we can
improve in our next matches.”