Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, September 23, 2010 - Peru secured first place at the Women’s Final Four Cup’s preliminary phase by defeating Argentina 3-1 (26-28, 25-16, 25-14, 25-21) on Thursday for its third straight victory in the tournament while the Dominican Republic defeated Mexico in straight sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-8) to claim second place and now plays against third placed Argentina while Peru goes against Mexico in the semifinal round.
Peruvian Yulissa Zamudio spikes off the blocking attempt by Argentinean Aylin Pereyra and Florencia Busquets
Jessenia Uceda, Karla Ortiz and Diana Soto each recorded 14 points as the top scorers for Peru, while Tanya Acosta finished with 13 points and Aylin Pereyra added 10 for Argentina.
Dahiana Burgos finished with 12 points as the Dominican top scorer while Candida Arias and Lisvel Eve compiled nine and eight respectively. Grecia Rivera recorded nine tallies for Mexico and Valeria Hernandez added six.
Peru v Argentina
In a classic South American battle, Argentina won an incredibly close first set. The Peruvians then combined their defense and reception to react in the second set and maintained momentum for the rest of the match.
“This will help us a lot in our preparation for the FIVB World Championships,” Peruvian captain Leyla Chihuan stated. “We know ourselves very well as a team and we have played a very solid game. The real winners of this match were the fans.”
“This was a great match for the audience, they really enjoyed it, but we struggled like yesterday, especially at the definition time in the critical moments”, said Argentinean coach Horacio Bastit.
Dominican Republic v Mexico
The Dominicans totalled 12 blocks against only three from Mexico and they also outscored the defeated side 5-1 in the serving category. Eve and Arias scored three and two blocks and Burgos recorded threeserving aces.
“I know that we as teams have different goals and a different level,” the Dominican Republic’s coach Marcos Kwiek said. “Our goal is to be in shape for the FIVB World Championships but Mexico has been doing a good job preparing their players for the future.”
For Mexican coach Alfredo Bernal, this was another learning experience. “We have faced teams much better than us in this tournament and our level is not as high as theirs. We only have to play and learn a lot from these teams and try to do the right adjustments,” he said.