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Ica, Peru, September 10, 2014 - Peru had a spectacular comeback over Argentina 3-2 (22-25, 25-27, 25-22, 29-27, 15-11) to claim the only South American ticket available to the 2015 age-group FIVB World Championship in the last Pool A match at the II Women’s U-23 Pan-American Cup at Jose Oliva Razzeto Coliseum in Ica.

The loud and encouraging three thousand spectators weren’t silenced by Argentina who won the first two sets, with Peru missing three set points in the second set and losing a seven point advantage in the fourth set. Long and tough rallies describe Peru’s victory as undefeated Pool A winners and advancing into the semifinals of the tournament.

Argentina took the defeat with slight advantage in all categories; 70-68 in spikes, 13-10 in blocking and 4-3 in serves; their 35 unforced errors cost them valuable points, while Peru had a total of 25.

Opposite player Maguilaura Frias of Peru led all scorers with 23 points, 20 in kills and 3 in blocks. Also contributing to the home team’s victory were middle blocker Clariett Yllescas (17), outside hitter Angela Leyva (13), middle blocker Andrea Urrutia (12) and outside hitter Katehrine Olemar (11). Argentina also had several double figures scorers, starting with middle blocker Sofia Bulgarella (18), outside hitter Irene Verasio (17), opposite Priscila Bosio (13), outside hitter Camila Hiruela (11) and middle blocker Micaela Tasara (10).

Coach Natalia Malaga of Peru said “this was anyone’s match, Argentina played the first set so well that I thought we could lose, but my team recovered and with the crowd’s support the team had more confidence; this can be the beginning of many success but we have to continue working”.

Peruvian captain Angela Leyva indicated “I am super happy becuase we obtained what we wanted, I congratulate my teammates because they did a good job and I also want to thank Nati for trusting, and now to continue to work for better results”.

Guillermo Nazabal, head coach of Argentina expressed “Peru deserves to win because we gave them a hard match. In the second and third set they turned things around and from there on we failed in defense; and this is the best match away from home for the South American zone, so I’m sad to have lost but satisfied with the level shown from both teams”.

Priscila Bosio, Argentina’s captain congratulated Peru “they have very good players, we had a good start but in the end we weren’t able to reach our goal and we must continue practicing to continue growing”.