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Argentina survives in five sets against Colombia


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 9, 2016 - Argentina came back from one set down to defeat a tough Colombia 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-8) in a qualification match for the 5-to-8 positions at the XV Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup.


Emilce Sosa had 20 points, including 7 blocks, and Tanya Acosta added 19 as the top scorers for the winners.


Colombia´s Kenny Moreno registered 26 in the losing cause and with her total of 152 surpassed the mark for most points in the history of the competition set by Puerto Rican Aury Cruz with 151 in 2009.


“We could climb back against a very difficult opponent,” said Guillermo Orduna, coach of Argentina. “We could manage around our positive and negatives and at the end our experience was the difference.”


“We played good for moments but couldn’t keep the consistency with a lot of ups and downs,” said Paula Nizetich, the captain of Argentina. “In the tie-breaker we stopped Moreno who is their best attacker.”


Maria Alejandra Marín, the captain of Colombia: “We keep learning from the mistakes. We couldn’t recover from the loss of the fourth set and made too many errors in the tie-breaker.”