USA battled for five sets to get the victory over Peru

LIMA, Peru, May 10, 2019 - The United States had to make its best effort and battled in five sets for their victory over the Peru team (20-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-11). The host team put soul, heart and life, but it was not enough to advance and fight for the fifth place in the IV U21 Pan American Cup.

 The Peruvian team surprised its rival in the first two sets with an outstanding defense work. With heart they fought point to point, but the North Americans had a better reading of the field and were stronger in their last points of attack.

 Maikel Jaramillo, Peruvian captain, was the leader of the individual scoring with 16 points. Brett Wildman and Michael Sack added 14 and 10 points to their team's victory.

The United States were superior in the fundament of the blocking (9-7), Peru was better in attack (50-44) and both teams each got 7 points in aces.

 Spencer McLachlin, USA coach: Peru knew how to put a lot of pressure on us, we had to make a great effort to beat them. The boys made many mistakes, but they were able to recover in time and take the game.

Edwin Jiménez, technical director of Peru: My team delivered everything on the court, they did a great job throughout the match, maybe the anxiety won them a bit but they did not stop giving the fight and it is something that I value a lot and that motivates us to go ahead.

The United States will play its last game in the IV edition of the U21 Pan American Cup, this Saturday at 11:00 am against the Dominican Republic. Previously, at 09:00 hours Peru will face Colombia.