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Lima, Peru, September 22 2016 – Peru pulled off a sensational comeback to edge Argentina 3-2 (17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 27-25, 17-15) in a thrilling duel between the two classic South American rivals on Wednesday at the U23 Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Gatorade.

The victory left Peru as the only undefeated team in the event with a 3-0 win-loss mark. Argentina fell to 2-1 in third place behind Dominican Republic.

Angela Leyva registered an astonishing tournament-high 35 points to lead Peru, while Maguilaura Frias responded with 20 points, including four aces, in the victory. Three other Peruvians –Alexandra Machado, Katherine Regalado and Coraima Gomez- chipped in with 10 points each.

Candelaria Herrera had 19 points in the losing effort, including 9 blocks, as the offensive leader of Argentina. Camila Hiruela added 14 and Elina Rodriguez and Sol Piccolo finished with 10 apiece in the loss.

Mauro Marasciulo, coach of Peru:“We knew that Argentina was coming with a better rhythm than us after facing more difficult opponents like Cuba and Dominican Republic. Now we have to concentrate in the match of Saturday that I think will be decisive for the ticket to the world championship.”

Angela Leyva, captain of Peru:“We have to congratulate the team’s effort and the support from the fans at Manuel Bonilla Coliseum. We worked together and got the things going. Here we don’t have individual players, it was the effort and contribution from everyone what took us the victory.”

Guillermo Orduna, coach of Argentina:“It was a good match and for moments it was evident the fatigue from the previous matches. It was a pretty evened match and it could have gone either way but our team gas showed that is ready to play until the final and we will go out to win the rest of our matches.”

Candelaria Herrera, player of Argentina:“It was an intense match and we knew that Peru was going to be tough. The difference was in our mistakes but hopefully we will face Peru in the final. We have come here to give all to get our goals, qualify to the world championship and to win this tournament.”