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Argentina celebrating their qualy to semi-finals

Lima, Peru, September 6, 2012 - Without any question, the Argentine U 23 Women Team recorded a victory over Canada at the 1st. U 23 Women Pan-American Cup that is being held in the city and Lima this Thursday afternoon, winning one of the semi-final berth. The team coached by Horacio Bastit overcame the Norceca team by 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) and now will face Dominican Republic in one of the semi-final matches this Friday.

At Coliseo Miguel Grau, Argentina showed its best performance up to now, fulfilling the goal of rotating players to keep them strong for Saturday's match. With a blocking of Micaela Tassara the light blue - white jersey team obtained its first straight sets victory of the competition.

"In other matches we suffered but this time we maintain the control and leadership and we are very happy, we played very well" expressed Bastit at the Press Conference talking with the official television broadcasting, the Peruvian channel Frecuencia Latina.

The Argentine captain, Antonela Curatola also showed her satisfaction: "We had a very good match today, maybe it was the best one of the tournament. Until now we could not find our level with th exception of a set v Cuba but today we did everything right and we could rotate players and qualify for semi-finals, our today's goals".

Now, in semi-finals they will face the undefeated Dominican Republic team in Pool B with several of its players at the Seniors' team as Niverka Marte, Lisvel Eve or Brenda Castillo. "It is the strongest team of the competition, with most of its players at the highest world level and with great international experience. We will try to face them with confidence" added Bastit.

On the other semi-final Brazil, top team on Pool A waits for the winner of Peru-Cuba when the best four teams of the competition will be settled later today.

(Photos - U 23 Pan-American Cup)
(Official NORCECA Website - U 23 Pan-American Cup in Peru)