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Lima, Peru, October 20, 2014 - Fans in Peru had reasons to celebrate as their women’s junior national team won the gold medal in the U20 Women’s Final Four Gatorade Cup with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 17-25, 25-17) victory over Argentina at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum on Sunday. Once again Maguilaura Frias led the Peruvian offense with 17 points, followed by Angela Leyva and Coraima Gomez each with 13 points. Argentina’s Sol Piccolo finished with 15 points and Camila Hiruela had 14 in the loss.

The winners led in attacks (50-44) and in aces (7-2) with the losers had a slight advantage in the blocking category (9-8). Both teams had the same number of unforced errors with 27 apiece.

Press Conference:

Martin Escudero, Peruvian coach: “it was a complicated match because Argentina has good blocking and attack, so we knew we had to stop them. Today the team played and functioned well. We didn’t have many errors. I am glad with the result and because the team is well. These competitions are good for our preparation.”

Angela Leyva, Peruvian captain: “we came from bad moments but were able to lift our game and had a good match and did the things well. We went out to with all our strength because we knew Argentina was a tough opponent and didn’t allow Argentina to play their game.”

Guillermo Nazabal, Argentine coach: “We exceeded our margin of errors, especially in our services that today didn’t work. Peru went out to play hard and we failed. Then we started to defend and were able to counter attack but couldn’t get the result. I congratulate Peru for a well deserved victory.”

Sol Piccolo, Argentine captain : “Peru had a very good game, and we didn’t play well with many errors in the services and they took advantage of it and didn’t forgive us. They went out to play hard and we didn’t react. I congratulate Peru for their game today.”

Individual Awards:

MVP: Shiamara Almeida - Peru
Best Setter: Shiamara Almeida - Peru
Best Reception: Angela Leyva - Peru
Best Libero: Sabrina Torino - Argentina
Best Opposite Player: Maciel Matos - Dominican Rep.
Best Digger: Sabrina Torino - Argentina
Best Scorer: Sol Piccolo - Argentina
Best Server: Natalia Martinez - Dominican Rep.
2nd Best Blocker: Candelaria Herrera - Argentina
1st Best Blocker: Coraima Gomez- Peru
2nd Best Spiker: Vielka Peralta - Dominican Rep.
1st. Best Spiker: Sol Picolo - Argentina.

Final Ranking:

1st - Peru
2nd - Argentina
3rd - Dominican Rep.
4th - Cuba