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Peru edge Mexico in thrilling five-setter

Milagros Rodriguez (16 points) and her teammates led Peru to a hard-earned 3-2 five-set win over Mexico.

Brno, Czech Republic, June 28, 2013 – World No. 10 Peru edged Mexico in the third match of the seventh day of the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Brno’s Vodova sports hall on Friday afternoon. In the race for the ninth place, the Peruvians blasted their way to a breath-taking 25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 15-25, 15-12 victory. 

Peru’s top scorers Angela Leyva (24 points) and Milagros Rodriguez (16) led the South Americans to a hard-fought 3-2 win. Lizbeth Sainz scored 23 times for Mexico. 

Scoring 14 points only in the first two sets, Leyva paved the way for an unquestionable 25-16, 25-25 Peru lead in the first part of the much-awaited Latin American duel. Peruvian setter Sandra Santana ran a well-balanced offense combined with solid block-defence work. However, Mexico did not give up, bouncing back fearlessly in the third (25-17) and fourth (25-19) set. The team of coach Vachino Estanislao improved their defense with better blocking and some impressive saves from libera Kaomi Solis. The key moment of the match came at 12-12 in the fifth set when Peru scored three points in a row to end the five-set thriller eventually in their favour. 

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