Peru’s comeback in five sets claims FIVB Women’s U-23 WCH berth
ICA, Peru, September 9, 2014. - Peru had a spectacular comeback
over Argentina 3-2 (22-25, 25-27, 25-22, 29-27, 15-11) to claim
the only South American ticket available to the 2015 age-group
FIVB World Championship in the last Pool A match at the II
Women’s U-23 Pan-American Cup at Jose Oliva Razzeto Coliseum in
The loud and encouraging three thousand spectators weren’t
silenced by Argentina who won the first two sets, with Peru
missing three set points in the second set and losing a seven
point advantage in the fourth set. Long and tough rallies
describe Peru’s victory as undefeated Pool A winners and
advancing into the semifinals of the tournament.
Argentina took the defeat with slight advantage in all
categories; 70-68 in spikes, 13-10 in blocking and 4-3 in
serves; their 35 unforced errors cost them valuable points,
while Peru had a total of 25.
Opposite player Maguilaura Frias of Peru led all scorers with 23
points, 20 in kills and 3 in blocks. Also contributing to the
home team’s victory were middle blocker Clariett Yllescas (17),
outside hitter Angela Leyva (13), middle blocker Andrea Urrutia
(12) and outside hitter Katehrine Olemar (11). Argentina also
had several double figures scorers, starting with middle blocker
Sofia Bulgarella (18), outside hitter Irene Verasio (17),
opposite Priscila Bosio (13), outside hitter Camila Hiruela (11)
and middle blocker Micaela Tasara (10).
Coach Natalia Malaga of Peru said “this was anyone’s match,
Argentina played the first set so well that I thought we could
lose, but my team recovered and with the crowd’s support the
team had more confidence; this can be the beginning of many
success but we have to continue working”.
Peruvian captain Angela Leyva indicated “I am super happy
becuase we obtained what we wanted, I congratulate my teammates
becuase they did a good job and I also want to thank Nati for
trusting, and now to continue to work for better results”.
Guillermo Nazabal, head coach of Argentina expressed “Peru
deserves to win because we gave them a hard match. In the second
and third set they turned things around and from there on we
failed in defense; and this is the best match away from home for
the South American zone, so I’m sad to have lost but satisfied
with the level shown from both teams”.
Priscila Bosio, Argentina’s captain congratulated Peru “they
have very good players, we had a good start but in the end we
weren’t able to reach our goal and we must continue practicing
to continue growing”.