Peru wins last semifinal spot at U18 Pan Am Cup
DURANGO, Mexico, May 24, 2019.- Peru won the last semifinal spot
at the U18 Girls’ Pan American Cup beating Dominican Republic
3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 16-25, 25-22) at Auditorio del Pueblo of
Peru eliminates Dominican Republic from the battle for the FIVB
World Championship berth defeating the Caribbean team in
quarterfinals with a character. Peru will face Mexico in
semifinals and Dominican Republic will play for 5-8 positions
Peru totally controlled the first set from the beginning,
cruising to an astonishing seven point lead (18-11) with speed
and moving all around the court to keep Dominican Republic under
control. Peru and Dominican Republic fought stronger in set two
in a battle of velocity and height won by Peru with extended
score. The roles switched in set three as the Dominican girls
barged over Peru hammering the ball every single time and
jumping to a comfortable 16-8 lead and forcing a fourth set.
Peru with good blocking and defense recovered from a five point
deficit (7-12) to seal the semifinal spot in four sets.
Peru led in spikes 43-40 and committed fewer errors (34-42).
Dominican Republic’s large 11-6 margin in blocks and 3-1 margin
in aces did not pay off.
Janelly Ceopa topped Peruvian scorers with 16 points all in
kills and Carolina Milla scored 10 points also on kills. Also
contributing to Peru’s victory was Maria Lopez and Yohmara
Rivera with 9 points apiece. Dominican Romina Cornelio scored a
match-high of 19 points on 17 kills and 2 blocks, followed by
Flormarie Heredia with 16 points on 13 kills, 2 blocks and one
Janelly Ceopa, Peru’s top scorer said “Dominican Republic is
tall but with skills we came on top. Our attitude was key in
today’s victory; we played with all our energy because we were
aware of the importance of this match”. About semifinals se
expressed “our opponents should be prepared because we are going
with all our strength”.
Head coach Natalia Málaga of Peru said, “it’s horrible being on
the side line because you are watching what’s going to happen
and you can’t give instructions fast enough for them to react”.
About her team’s performance she indicated “for moments the team
worked really well and on others we felt the pressure of our
opponent. We all have errors. It was important to have the brain
to come out winners. They are taller, that’s why we prepare to
compensate that height defending a lot and with ability on the
This competition is important for my player’s preparation”.