Peru battles to defeat Trinidad & Tobago
LIMA, Peru, June 19, 2017 – Peru overcame a high-spirited
Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 25-17) to stay
undefeated in Pool B of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American
Cup by Movistar at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum on Monday night.
Peru improved to 3-0 (14 points) while Trinidad & Tobago
remained winless at 0-3 (1 point) in the preliminary phase.
Carla Rueda and Angela Leyva carried most of the offensive load
of the home team with 18 points apiece. Channon Thompson had a
match-high 21 points for Trinidad & Tobago while Sinead Jack had
six blocks among her 18 points in the losing cause.
Trinidad & Tobago amassed 16 blocks as a team but also committed
37 unforced errors compared to only 13 by Peru.
“The blocking by Trinidad & Tobago was very high and
consistent,” said Mirtha Uribe, the Peruvian Captain. “The key
for us was to avoid the mistakes and to locate good serves on
the crucial moments.”
“We came back with a lot of energy and different mentality. It
was a learning experience for the young girls in our team and I
am satisfied with the way we played even not necessarily with
the outcome,” said Renelle Forde, the Trinidadian Captain.
Luizomar de Moura, Coach of Peru: “The team of Trinidad & Tobago
is playing strong matches and they put Dominican Republic in
difficulties. They have a lot of power in the attack and a
strong blocking capacity. We made just a few errors. Making few
errors is part of the growing process.”
Francisco Cruz, Coach of Trinidad & Tobago: “My team just needs
to play more because practice is very different to playing real
matches. We made many errors but that is because lack of
experience. It is the first time we take a set from Peru. Before
it was always 3-0 and less than 15 points.”