Peru will face Brazil for the gold medal defeating Colombia

CALI, Colombia, December 4, 2021. - Peru progressed into the gold medal match against Brazil, following their 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25) semifinal victory in the women’s volleyball tournament at the I Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021 at Evangelista Mora Coliseum.


Colombia struggled to comeback after winning the first set and overcoming Peru’s tough defense. Unfortunately Colombia suffered the loss of their leading scorer Ana Karina Olaya after fainting when her team was falling 19-20 in the fourth set and had to be taken to the hospital.


Colombia will play for the bronze medal against Argentina who lost earlier to Brazil.


Peru led 57-47 in attacks and 7-2 in aces; while Colombia held a comfortable 14-9 margin in blocks. Outside hitters Ysabella Sanchez and Kiara Montes topped Peru’s scorers with 18 points apiece, opposite hitter Thaisa Mc Leod followed with 15 points and middle blocker Maricarmen Guerrero contributed with 10 points.


Colombian Ana Karina Olaya led all scorers with 22 points, joined by middle blockers Valerin Carabali and Darlevis Mosquera with 12 and 10 points respectively. 

Francisco Hervas, head coach of Peru: “This is of great joy added to the fact we are coming out of a difficult and hard time, we needed this happiness. This is a reward for all the work the girls have been doing every day, leaving their lives and they were missing this.  We are so happy especially for them and for Peruvian volleyball which we represent. I have a team with great heart, that leaves all they have on the court and we played a really difficult match against Colombia, there’s no doubt of their effort, but we are very satisfied because this is what we want, to grow as a team, the harder the matches, the better. With more pressure we grow”. 

Yadhira Anchante, setter of Peru: “We owe the victory to our team effort, last night we talked and said all we needed to say and how we could support each other on the court because that’s the most important thing and that gives us strength. We needed to be prepared mentally and that’ what we spoke about, it worked. We already faced Brazil and this will be a rematch, and we were really close to winning and tomorrow we are going out with all we got”.