PRESS RELEASE 10.01.2004


South America Women - Peruvian hopes still alive

CARACAS, Venezuela, January 10, 2004 - After a dramatic five-set defeat to Venezuela on Friday, Peru finally managed to establish its overall game to record it's first win at the South America Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament with a 3-1 (30-28, 19-25, 25-15, 25-18) victory over Argentina in 91 minutes in Poliedro Stadium on Saturday.

The victory keeps alive the brave Peruvian team's hopes to get the ticket for the Athens Olympic Games. The last time Peru beat Argentina was in 1995, making Saturday's victory very sweet and is even more important considering Peru face the current Pan American champions the Dominican Republic in a decisive match on Sunday.

Carlos Aparicio, the Peruvian coach, made some modifications in his starting team with captain Leila Chihuan, Milagros Moy and Natalia Romanova in great shape with effective blocking and good offensive combinations to dominate the Argentineans, who now have two defeats in the tournament. Contreras, Soto and Málaga completed the team.

Despite letting a 24-19 first set advantage slip Argentine coach Hugo Jáuregui didn't make any change with Vincente, Parisi and Conti staying on for the second set.