Colombia to play Women’s U-23 Pan-AM Gold Medal Match


ICA, Peru, September 12, 2014. -  Colombia defeated hosts Peru by 3-1 (28-26, 24-26, 25-21, 25-22) and will play against defending champions Dominican Republic for the II Women’s U-23 Pan-American Gold at Jose Oliva Razzeto Coliseum in the City of Ica.


Colombia and Peru engaged in a tough duel with strong excitements as the scores remain very close. The home team kept the twenty-five hundred spectators hopes always alive but in the end, Colombia’s defensive line never broke.


The winners held advantage in spikes 66-46 while Peru performed better in service aces 7-2. The blocking category had no significant difference, Colombia with 12 points and Peru with 11. Peru benefited of Colombia’s 30 unforced errors while committing 23 of their own.


Outside hitter Amanda Caneo once again took command of Colombia’s offense with 23 points, followed by outside hitter Maria Martinez (19), opposite hitter Diana Arrechea (14) and blocker Ivonee Montaño (11). For the home team, opposite hitter Maguilaura Frias led with 15 points, blocker Andrea Urrutia and outside hitter Angela Leyva contributed with 15 and 14 tallies respectively.


Maria Marin, Colombia’s captain started by saying “Peru as hosts are tough opponents, but we studied them well and we have already beat them in Mexico and then in Colombia. This is our first Pan American final match, we are very excited, this is another win for our country and we must continue to work for new and better results”.


“It wasn’t possible, but we will continue practicing even more. We failed and we should continue to make more efforts during practice to obtain good results” said Angela Leyva, Peruvian captain.


Brazilian coach Mauro Marasciulo for Colombia said “we knew it was going to be a strong battle because Peru had the advantage of playing at home and their supporters are amazing. If Brazil was to host a U-23 Cup there would be on 20 persons, but here the crowd is great. Now we reach the final as a prize to our hard and continuous work. We lost energy in the second set, but our tactical strategy was to play against each player individually, which wasn’t easy because Maguilaura Frias and Ángela Leyva perform very well, we needed to focus stronger on blocking them”.


Coach Natalia Malaga of Peru expressed “this was anyone’s match, we both performed very similar, they only difference was that Colombia knew how to take better advantage and we didn’t despite having the advantage of playing at home”.