Peru's Jessenia Uceda led the way with 15 points to finish the opening match as top scorer
Tokyo, Japan, October 28, 2010 – Peru opened the 2010 FIVB Women's World Volleyball World Championship on the right foot with a convincing 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-18) win in Pool A over world No.14 Algeria at Yoyogi Stadium on Friday. It was the first time that the two teams had met in international competition.
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Peru, ranked three places lower than Algeria at 17th in the world, are aiming to improve on their 17th-place finish at the 2006 FIVB Women's World Championship. Algeria, meanwhile, are competing in the competition for the first time. Wing spiker Jessenia Uceda claimed 15 points to top the scores while Peru captain Leyla Chihuan collected 14. Faiza Tsabet was the only player to reach double figures for Algeria with 11 points.
In a nervy opening by Algeria, Tsbabet struggled with the first serve from Peru’s Elena Keldibekova and the South Americans forged ahead 5-1. Playing with confidence, the Peruvians moved 7-3 in front with a strong spike by opposite Patricia Soto. They extended the lead to 11-4 prompting the Algerians to take a timeout. Algeria came back with a solid spike from Safia Boukhima, and then benefitted from an errant serve from Chihuan yet Peru maintained a big lead at 14-7 thanks to some great attacking play from Uceda. The rest of the set brought more of the same, with Yulissia Zamudio sending Peru ahead 22-15 with an incredible kill, followed by another spike from Chihuan which Algeria could not handle, bringing the score to 23-16. A wild spike long by Algeria’s Boukhima gave Peru set point, and Uceda served it out for 25-16.
Peru carried the momentum into the second set, quickly going up 5-0 on a spike by Patricia Soto off a soft set by Keldibekova, and they carried an 8-2 lead into the First Technical Timeout (FTT). Defending solidly from Boukhima at the net, Peru gained a 13-4 advantage with an outstanding spike by Zamudio and by the Second Technical Timeout (STT) it was 16-5. Peru’s Chihuan, the oldest captain in the tournament at 35, belied her age as she led her team through the set — even smiling broadly at times during rallies. Uceda supported her with some vicious attacking play, providing a pair of spikes which led to set point. The Algerians valiantly fought off two set points, but Zohra Bensalem’s wild spike out of bounds gave the set to the Peruvians at 25-12.
Led by Tsabet, Algeria finally showed signs of consistency early in the third set, going up 8-5 on a spike that the Peruvian defence, Zamudio to be precise, failed to handle. After Peru drew level at 9-9, the efforts of Soto and Algeria’s Bensalem ensured the teams remained tied at 15-15 mid-set. However Peru proved to be just too strong in the end for the African champions as attacks from Uceda and Zamudio put them ahead 20-16. Despite good attacking work by Lydia Oulmou for Algeria, Peru finished the match in style thanks to a miraculous dig by Keldibekova that set up the final putaway.