Peru were at full strength with the return of Jessenia Uceda, who missed the first two matches due to sickness.
2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand
Both teams were looking for their first win.
Peru started aggressively to take a 6-3 lead before world No. 8 Cuba hit back with exceptional power-and-speed tactics to level at 6-6. With the Peruvians making unforced mistakes, the Caribbean girls carried on scoring and pulled four points ahead. With Cuba 23-21 up, Peru scored some vital points to catch up at 24-24. Alena Rojas executed a thundering spike to put Cuba in front 25-24 before a Peruvian player stepped on the foul line, handing Cuba the set.
In the second set, Cuba continued their fierce attacks to race out to a commanding 8-1 lead, thanks to the splendid offensive combination of Yoana Palacios’s sharp cross-court spikes and improved teamwork. Peru gradually pulled their game together, hoping to make amends for their erratic play, but they still proved no match against the Cubans. Leading 24-19, Cuba scored through Wilma Salas to take the set 25-19.
With their backs against the wall, Peru came all-out in the third set. Their determination paid off as they leveled at 11-11 and again at 15-15. Cuba matched the Peruvians and edged ahead 23-22 before wrapping up the set 25-22 and securing their first win in the 2011 World Grand Prix.