Peru overcomes Mexico for ninth place



LIMA, Peru, June 20, 2015 - Peru outplayed Mexico in a breath-taking victory in five sets 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 18-25, 17-15) in the match for ninth place at the XIV Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima on Saturday.


Mexico led in the blocking category 14-7 and also in aces 7-4 but also gave away 41 points via unforced errors compared to 25 by Peru.


Coraima Gomez and Angela Leyva contributed 14 points in the victory while Mirtha Uribe and Raffella Camet added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Lizbeth Sainz and Andrea Rangel topped Mexico with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Alejandra Segura had 14 in the loss followed by Dulce Carranza and Karina Flores with 11 and 10.


Coraima Gomez, one of the top scorers of Peru: “The results were not the expected and there is a lot of work to be done. Tonight the coach gave me the chance and I didn’t want to waste it. The cup represented a step backward for us so now we need to start coming back.”


Mauro Marasciulo, coach of Peru: “Today we faced a complicated situation at the emotional level because they had to recover from losing the qualification that was almost in our hands. Today we made mistakes in the key moments to close the game but the most important thing is that we won. Now we have to adjust a lot of things to continue improving.”


Dulce Carranza, captain of Mexico: “The results are not the desirable but the cup has helped us to work more as a group and catch the rhythm ahead of the Grand Prix at home from June 26 to 28.”


Jorge Miguel Azair, coach of Mexico: “We used tactical services combining them to create some problems to Peru. I am satisfied and in calm. The tournament helped us in our preparation for the Grand Prix and the most important thing is that we managed to stay in next year’s event.”