Brazil recovers to dominate Peru in four sets



TORONTO, Canada, July 18, 2015 – Defending champions Brazil recovered from losing a close first set to defeat Peru 3-1 (25-27, 25-5, 25-17, 25-16) in the second day of pool round at the women’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games at Toronto Exhibition Centre on Saturday.


It was the second victory for Brazil who had to battle for five sets with Puerto Rico to claim the victory in opening day. Peru dropped to 0-2.


Fernanda Rodrigues was the main offensive weapon for Brazil with 18 points, followed by Joyce Silva with 12 and Adenizia Da Silva with 11 in the victory.


Angela Leyva and Maguilaura Frias topped the Peruvian scoring sheets with 15 and 12 points, respectively.


Brazil outblocked Peru 16-6 with Fernanda and Adenizia leading the way each with five blocks. The winners also held the advantage in aces 5-2 and attacks 46-35.


Ze Roberto, coach of Brazil: “After the first set, the team calmed down and started thinking in the game and not in the individualities. The blocking started to work as well as the defense and counterattacks. We also reduced the errors. That was the difference.”


Mauro Marasciulo, coach of Peru: “To take a set from Brazil is a very important step in our growth as a team. I am happy because my team has been able to play close against very important teams.”


Jaqueline Carvalho, captain of Brazil: “Unfortunately we had a bad start. Peru came out and showed up with good confidence and good attack in the first set. We adjusted and worked with diagonal balls and showed more patience in the second one to solve the match.”


Fernanda Garay, player of Brazil: “Things were not easy in the first set, but we improved in the second one as we took the rhythm and increased the momentum. Facing a Brazilian coach is a challenge because he knows how we play. But we recovered at last and kept the match in our favor.”


Clarivet Yllescas, captain of Peru: “We went out to play hard and gave a battle in the first set and things worked out for us. In the second one, things were too complicated. Playing against Brazil with the score against you it is always difficult.”


 Angela Leyva, player of Peru: “We began well concentrated and played happily, because we knew that a good competitive opponent was in front of us. We did what we had to do. We achieved experience to go on despite this result. Our coach said that he was proud of us about the way started and won that first set.”