Easy victory for Peru over Guatemala


GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 3, 2013. - Peru beat host Guatemala easily in straight sets 25-8, 25-12 y 25-14 in the consolation round for the 5-8 position at the U-18 Girls Pan American Cup.


The home team wasn’t able to contain Peru’s devastating advantage in attacks with 37 points against 11 from Guatemala and in service points by 14-1. Peru meets Chile on Friday for the fifth place.


Barbara Briceño led Peru with 11 points, joined by Mayra Sandoval with 10 points. EstefanieBethancourth was Guatemala’s best scorer with 6 points.


“Every match is challenging, but today we didn’t give our 100%; there was rotation of everyone and now we must concentrate in finishing fifth” indicated Cristina Cuba captain of Peru.


EstefanieBethancourt admitted her team was low-spirited in the beginning “our anxiousness to make things right had a bad effect on us, but we improved as the match developed.”


“In this category the emotional aspect is the hardest to control, I know this from my 30 years of experience” indicate Enrique Briceño of Peru. “Today everyone had a chance to play, among them 15 years old Maricarmen Guerrero who played the entire match”.


Julio Dominguezde Guatemala said to be taking advantage of the chance to play against highly leveled opponents “the positive thing about the tournament is to restructure our tactical plan and reinforce the psychological factor that’s very complicated at this age.”