Peru score come-from-behind victory
Lima, Peru, September 6, 2012 – Hosts Peru overcame Cuba in four
sets (15-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22) and will play Brazil in the
semifinals of the U-23 Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup at
Miguel Grau Coliseum of El Callao in Lima.
Angela Leyva was the leading scorer in the victory with 16
points, followed by Karla Ortiz and Raffaella Camet with 12 and
10 points respectively. Clarivet Yllescas and Ginna Lopez each
added 9 tallies.
Yoana Palacio led Cuba with 16 points while Alena Rojas and
Yaremi Mendaro each registered 15.
Cuba led in the blocking category 13-4 but Peru bested their
opponents 11-4 in aces with Ortiz recording a match-high 5. Peru
benefited 29 Cuba’s errors in the match to their own 20.
“I think we are growing step by step with the competition after
only seven training sessions before the event,” Peru’s Brazilian
coach Jose Dos Santos stated. “The basic fundaments of
volleyball serve, blocking and defense have helped a lot in the
victories. Even out attack was a good contributor.”
“It was a copy of our previous matches with a first set very
strong and defined and then lack of consistency and stability,”
Cuba’s Juan Carlos Gala commented. “Also we failed a lot with
“It was a pretty match as Cuba is always a good rival,” Peru’s
Alexandra Muñoz. “We started too relaxed but we were able to
recover and overcome the deficit with our services which was our
Cuba’s Alena Rojas said: “It was not a good game for us today as
we had too many deficiencies in our reception and Peru took
advantage of it.”