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USA beat Peru in straight sets

USA's Kim Glass spikes as her side seal a win over Peru on Sunday
Hong Kong, China, August 21, 2011 – The USA won an easy battle over Peru on the last day of 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix preliminary round in Hong Kong as they picked up a straight sets win (25-13, 25-18, 25-15) on Sunday.

The US had already qualified for the finals in Macau, China next week but made their intentions clear with this emphatic win.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

The Americans came out strong in the first set with a three-point lead. But Peru intensified their attacks, hoping to tighten the margin. A number of unforced errors by Peru allowed the USA to take a better advantage however and the situation remained adverse for Peru even when they called for a timeout at 13-7. USA continued to give Peru a hard time through a combination of quick spikes and diagonal spikes while Peru struggled to find their rhythm as they eventually succumbed to defeat in the set.

USA kept their momentum in the second with Megan Hodge’s powerful strikes and Jennifer Tamas brilliant blocks as the team was took the lead at the beginning of the set. Peru refined their tactics and finally managed to tie with their opponents at 8-8, breaking the USA’s lead since the first set. Though Carla Rueda got several nice spikes, frequent errors allowed the Americans to again widen the gap and they finally took five successive points to seal the set at 25-18.

With a number of assertive spikes and impenetrable blocks, the Americans forced Peru to call for an early timeout at 4-0 and took a lead at the first TTO (8-4) of the third set. After the break, taking advantage of their opponent’s errors, Peru shortly managed to find their pace. Using tactical tips by Mirtha Uribe and Rueda, Peru was able to break through their opponent’s blockage. The set soon narrowed into two-point difference (11-13). However, the aggressive ambition of the USA was not hindered yet boosted. The set was ended by a convincing margin at 25-15.

USA will now travel to Macau, China for the final while Peru finish their 2011 campaign without a win.


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