Peru starts with win over Costa Rica


IQUITOS, Peru, June 10, 2013 - Peru began its participation in the Movistar Women's Pan American Cup beating Costa Rica 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-16) in a match of Group B that lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes.


Karla Ortiz was the top scorer for the home team with 13 points followed by Patricia Soto and Raffaella Camet who finished with 10 points apiece.


Mirtha Uribe, the captain of Peru, was happy with the win but not entirely with the team's performance.


"It was a good game but could be better," said Uribe. "We had prepared to face an easier Costa Rica but they made it difficult for us at the beginning of the first two sets. However, we were able to get those first five points and hope that the next games are better ".


Peru’s Korean Coach, Sung Jin Hong, showed his satisfaction for his first victory in an official tournament in overall command.


"The girls responded," he said. "I am glad about debuting with a victory in an official match, which was attained ​​much by the enthusiasm and desire put by the players".


Horacio Bastit, Coach of Costa Rica, said: "I am not satisfied, not because of the 3-0, because we knew it was very difficult to beat the Peru, but because we made ​​many mistakes. I think the score had to be by a less margin. The setters were not at their level and that was important for Peru to get this result."


Angela Willis, captain of Costa Rica: "I think we missed a lot to have a good game. We fell into big mistakes. The weather didn’t make things complicated for us, perhaps other factors, but that’s not an excuse for the loss.”