August 31, 2003 - The Peruvian national women's team qualified to dispute the South American Championship in Bogotá, Colombia, after beating Venezuela 3-2 in the final match of the zonal north qualification tournament in Caracas on Sunday.
The Peruvians held off the brave challenge of Venezuela 25-16, 12-25, 25-15, 18-25, 15-10 in 1 hour and 39 minutes to record two wins from three matches and qualify for the South American Championship on September 4-7, where they will play against Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. This tournament qualifies the two best South American teams for the World Cup to be held in Japan in November.
The Peruvian team had early defeated Venezuela 3-2 in the first match on Friday night 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 12-25, 15-11.
Peru, coached by Carlos Aparicio and skippered by veteran player Natalia Málaga, have been silver Olympic medalists in Seoul 1988, two times silver World Championship medalists and bronze medalists in the 1986 World Championship in Praga.
Venezuela: García, Patiño, Blanco, Andrade, Glod, Castañeda - first six - Piña (libero), San Miguel, González, Gómez and Villar.
Perú: Málaga, Moy, Chihuán, Romanova, Soto, Uribe - first six - Palacios (libero), Culquimboz, Tristán, Artacho and García.