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Leyva leads Peruvian win over Argentina


CAÑETE, Peru, June 23, 2017 – Angela Leyva amassed 26 points carrying Peru to a 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 15-9) victory over Argentina in the quarterfinals of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Movistar in front of a full house at Lolo Fernandez Coliseum on Friday night.


The victory earned Peru a semifinal spot against United States, the undefeated winners of Pool A.


Leyva was backed by the veterans Carla Rueda and Jessenia Uceda who registered 14 and 13 points, respectively, in the victory.


Paula Yamila Nizetich was the top scorer for Argentina with 20 points, followed by Tanya Acosta and Elina Rodriguez with 15 and 13 points, respectively. The veteran Emilce Sosa tallied 9 in the losss.


Argentina led in blocks 12-7 but Peru won the battle from the service line 7-2. The winners made 29 unforced errors to 34 by the losers.

Mirtha Uribe, Captain of Peru: Our team went into the court well focused on our objective. We worked last night and this morning and things were clicking as planned. I have to congratulate my team for the fighting spirit and especially for the concentration level in the fifth set. That was the key for the win.


Luizomar de Moura, Coach of Peru: I am very happy because we defeated a great team with high competition level at international tournaments. For my team the outcome is very important and I hope they continue growing and not resting in the victory. We have to keep working hard, because we made many mistakes in the match, but I am happy for the attitude they showed today.


Guillermo Orduna, Coach of Argentina: We knew it was going to be a close match against Peru point by point even more with them as the hosts. Right now we are in the time to change players ahead of the Olympic cycle, but more than the result I see the positive side and capitalize on the job done by each one of them.


Emilce Sosa, Captain of Argentina: First of all I have to congratulate Peru. We both have the same level and wanted to win and we couldn’t do it. The lack of concentration led us to the loss in those sets, especially in the fifth, the most important one.