Brazil reach final title match


Lima, Peru, September 7, 2012 – Brazil will play against Dominican Republic for the gold medal of the U-23 Women’s Pan American Volleyball Cup following their straight-set (26-24, 25-20, 25-18) win over hosts Peru in the last match of Friday at Miguel Grau Coliseum of Lima.


The Brazilian side held a huge 12-5 margin in the blocking department and also led in service winners 7-5.


Rosamaría Montibeller led Brazil with 17 points, including three blocks while Sara Silva and Gabriela Braga each contributed 9 points. Marcilia Silva chipped in 8 tallies, including a match-high four blocks.


Angela Leyva and Raffaella Camet topped the defeated side with 9 and 7 points while Carla Rueda came off the bench to score 4 aces among her six points.


“We are very happy for this important experience in a competition very challenging for the new players,” Brazil’s Luizomar Moura said.

Responding to a question about the secret for Brazilian success, Moura said “the Brazilian training plan and conditions are the same for the lower level to the highest one.”


“Our main problem today was with our reception,” Peru’s coach Jose Dos Santos said. “But I knew that in the very short time of training for this event it was not possible to increase the technical level but we are improving.”


“To play Peru at home is always difficult because they have a big support from the fans,” Brazil’s captain Rosamaria Montibeller said. “They served very well but finally we made the adjustments.”


“We gave our best,” Peru’s captain Carla Rueda said after making her debut on Friday. “We started very nervous and couldn’t defend as well as we wanted. Our team with the new coach and his project has a lot to give in the future.”