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Montaño was the great star of Colombia

San Juan, Argentina, October 18, 2013 - With an outstanding and very exciting five-set match started the FIVB World Championship Qualification competition in the city of San Juan. At the opening match at Aldo Cantoni historical stadium, Colombia recovered twice to defeat Peru 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-20, 15-13). This Saturday at 18.00 Argentine time, the host light blue - White jersey team will face the winners, Colombia looking forward to the qualification for Italy 2014.

The first set started with a point-by-point battle with Angela Leyla for Peru and Madelayne Montaño in Colombia showing their utmost. Peru got the lead 9-6 but Colombia fighting from behind did not allow the red and white team to get a widder leadership (16-14) until nearly the end, that a 20-15 finished 25-19 with Peru winning the first set.

Colombia enjoyed a better start of the second set, with an ace of its captain Ampudia, but Peru levelled 7-7 to keep fighting point-by-point until Colombia with good blocking arrived to the second TTO 16-13. They got a wider leadership to finish winning by 8 points and putting the series 1-1.

On the third, Peru recovered its concentration and got a good distance 15-10 with Colombia not finding how to stop their good performance. Mirtha Uribe closed the set to put the series 2-1 with an important difference 25-15. Peru maintained the leadership at the start of the fourth set but Colombia wished to force a tie-breaker. Peru had the chance to close it when they were leading 21-20 but Colombia got control and with Montaño added to win the set.

The parity showed up once more on the fifth set, with Montaño putting on her shoulders the weight of Colombia's team. The end was very exciting with great performance on both sides and Peru shinning with Leyva to reach equal 13-13. Colombia could not be stopped and finished celebrating by the minimum difference 15-13.

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