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Kenny Moreno scores 31 in dramatic win for Colombia


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 5, 2016 – Kenny Moreno scored a match-high 31 points leading Colombia to a dramatic come-from-behind five-set victory over Mexico 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 17-15) in Pool A of the XV Women’s Pan American Cup on Tuesday.


Moreno became the tenth player in the history of the competition to score 30 or more points in a match joining Peruvian Angela Leyva who had 32 against Trinidad & Tobago earlier today.  Teammates Dayana Segovia and Lorena Zuleta added 17 and 16, respectively, while Melissa Rangel and María Martinez had 10 points each.


Mexico’s Dulce Carranza led her team with 23 points and Bibi Candelas and Andrea Rangel charted 20 points each.


“I am very happy with the outcome of the match, it was a great show, a big battle and we won,” Moreno said. “Both teams played well and a tie-breaker is a matter of heart.”


“It was a long game and we couldn’t closet he sets,” Carranza said. “We started with good serves and things changed at the end.”


“We were never comfortable during the whole match against this team of Mexico who battled so hard,” Colombia’s coach Eduardo Guillaume said. “We didn’t play bad, it was that they played very well.”


“The experience of some Colombian players who took charge was the difference at the end,” Mexico’s coach Ricardo Naranjo said.