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Peru prevailed over Chile with experience

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 9, 2017.- Peru prevailed 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-20) over Chile in their debut at the U20 Women’s Pan American Cup in Gimnasio Nacional of San Jose, Costa Rica.

Pool C match showed Peru’s experienced players undoing Chile’s efforts to catch up. Chile had a good start keeping the score in set one very close. Peru had their best moment in set two, moving ahead with less resistance from their opponents.

Peru’s best weapon was their huge advantage in serves by 10-7; they were also more effective in spikes 35-31 and blocks 7-3. Peru allowed 22 points in errors and Chile 22.

Flavia Montes and Katherine Regalado led Peru’s offense with 11 points apiece, and Leslie Leyva contributed with 9 points. Beatriz Novoa was Chile’s top scorer with 10 points, all in kills, while Amalia Carvajal chipped in with 9 points.

Chile concludes pool-play win-less (0-2) while Peru (1-0) faces Cuba (1-0) on Wednesday, to determine who finishes winner in Pool C.

Katherine Regalado, Peru’s captain: “It was a rough beginning because we were nervous. Chilean players have many resources but we controlled them little by little. I consider we need to improve in blocking. We have a different strategy planned to face Cuba and it will be different because they are taller and stronger”.

Amalia Carvajal, Chile’s captain: “We know Peru very well, in the first set we put up a good fight but we lack game time. Peru is strong and they have always beaten us. Now we must wait and see if we’ll advance”.

Marco Queiroga, Peru’s Head Coach: “Our experience made the difference, we had little practice matches preparing for the tournament. Chile showed their improvement, they defended pretty well. We must practice our tactics better and the psychological part as well. I’m happy because we came out on top and we earned five important points”.

Eduardo Guillaume, Chile’s Head Coach: “Chile played Peru as equals. Peru is a team with history and in decisive moments they proved their long trajectory in volleyball; because of this I’m satisfied because they took advantage of our own mistakes. I am convinced that we must limit our errors”.