Peru impress with serve and blocking against Mexico


CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, July 15, 2012 – Peru swept Mexico (25-18, 25-19, 25-14) to improve to a 3-1 record in Pool B while the home team remained winless in four outings at the XI Women’s Pan American Cup.


En route to the victory, the Peruvians established a huge margin both in blocks (11-4) and serving aces (6-0).


Brenda Uribe and Clarivett Yllescas led Peru with 16 and 15 points respectively while young Angela Leyva added 12. Mexico’s Alejandra Isiordia and Lizbeth Sainz finished with 13 and 11 respectively.


“We worked on our tactical serve and finally the blocking functioned,” Peru’s captain Elena Keldibekova stated. “We tried with a girl of only 15 years-old (Leyva) and she did a good job replacing one regular (Karla Ortiz) who had to be operated of appendicitis early today.”


Mexico’s Karla Sainz said: “We had ups and downs and we need to improve our concentration but our serves were a little bit better today. Peru is a very experienced team.”


“Leyva did a good job as replacement for Ortiz and we were able to play consistent with our serve and blocking,” Peru’s coach Edwin Jimenez said.


Etanislao Vachino, coach of Mexico, said: “Peru is a well balanced team. I am satisfied with my team as we were able to touch many balls in the blocking and also have started to get used to the different speed of the game from the juniors to the seniors.”