overcome Peru in Pool B of Pan Am Cup
TIJUANA, Mexico, June 18, 2010 – USA claimed a 27-25, 25-22,
25-17 victory over Peru in the opening match of the Ninth
Women’s Pan American Cup.
The winners had slow start but came back in the late part of the
first set behind their solid blocking and dominated the rest of
the way even though Peru never gave up.
Veteran middle-blocker Heather Bown led USA with 14 points while
Jordan Larson contributed 11 tallies. Foluke Akinradewo and
Megan Hodge charted 10 apiece and Nancy Metcalf chipped in 8
Yulissa Zamudio topped Peru with 10 points and Jessenia Uceda
and Leyla Chihuan tallied 8 points apiece.
“After a slow start we settled down and started to play better,”
Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We found a way to win the
first set against a team of Peru that played good volleyball.”
“We didn’t play our best volleyball but we are happy with the
victory,” American Captain Metcalf said. “I am very proud of my
teammates and I hope we keep improving during the tournament.”
“Our poor reception and the high blocking of USA were the keys
today”, Korean Choel Yong Kim said about his Peruvian side.
“This is an important competition for us in preparation for the
World Championship,” Chihuan said. “We recently toured Europe
and played against France, Greece, Turkey and Russia and the
team is in good shape. Our goal is to improve from the fifth
place of last year.”