Dominican Republic and Peru open with victories at Copa Latina
LIMA, Peru, May 10, 2013 – Dominican Republic and hosts Peru won
their opening matches of the V Copa Latina, a four-team women’s
junior warm-up tournament in preparation for the FIVB U20 World
Championship to be played in Czech Republic.
The Dominicans held off a resilient Mexico in a five-set match
(25-18, 25-17, 16-25, 23-25, 15-9) that lasted 1 hour, 51
minutes while the Peruvians recovered from dropping he first set
to defeat Colombia 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-12, 29-27) at Eduardo
Dibos Coliseum in Lima.
For both winning teams it was a sweet revenge for the defeats
they suffered last March in Havana at the U-20 Pan American Cup
when Mexico beat Dominican Republic for the gold medal while
Colombia defeated Peru in the match for third place.
“It was a great way to start the tournament,” Brazilian coach of
Dominican Republic Wagner Pacheco said. “Our tactical serve and
strong blocking carried us today.”
Gaila Gonzalez had 22 points to lead the Dominicans while Pamela
Soriano added 17. Mexico’s Alejandra Isiordia finshed with a
match-high 28 points and Lizbeth Sainz contributed 19.
The winners built a 23-14 margin in the blocking category with
Gonzalez and Angelica Hinojosa each totaling six. Jineiry
Martinez added five.
Angela Leyva topped Peru with 23 points followed by Ginna Lopez
and Milagros Rodriguez with 14 and 12 respectively. Danna
Escobar charted 18 points for the defeated side.
“We already knew the Colombian team after the bronze medal match
in Havana and today was our time to win,” Peruvian Leyva said.
“Now our team is complete and with the mentality to attain big
In Friday’s schedule Dominican Republic goes against Colombia
while Peru takes on Mexico. At the end of the round-robin, the
teams in the top two places will play for the gold medal and the
sides in third and fourth for the bronze on Sunday.