Peru eliminates Dominican Republic and moves to semis
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 16, 2007.- Peru scored a big surprise
by defeating Dominican Republic in five sets coming back from a
1-2 deficit to advance to the semi finals of the women’s
volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games.
The sets finished 14-25, 25-13, 23-25, 29-27, 15-8.
The Dominicans clearly dominated the first set, but the South
Americans recovered and established their good overall defense
causing discomfort to the Dominican offense.
In the third set, Dominican coach used injured Milagros Cabral
whom he was protecting due her ankle injury and things changes
momentarily for his side.
In Semi Final A Brazil will meet USA and in Semi Final B it will
be Cuba against Peru. Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will
battle for the fifth position.
Luren Baylon was the best Peruvian with 20 points, Leyla Chihuan
had 18, Patty Soto 12 and Julissa Zamudio 10.
Bethania de la Cruz led the Dominicans with 28 points, Cindy
Rondón had 17, Cabral 11 and Cosiris Rodríguez 10.