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After a shaky start Peru outclasses Tunisia in three straight sets

Peru's captain Vivian Baella (left) gets ready for a rally against Tunisia
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 4, 2009. After a shaky start, Peru cruised to its second victory in a row at the 2009 Girls Youth World Championships, with another 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-7, 25-) against Tunisia, thus making it clear the girls might have a real shot at the first place in Pool B.
Having totally demolished defending champion China in the opening match of the tournament, the Peruvians were definitely under special “surveillance” as they resumed back to the court for their second game, this time against Tunisia, gold medalist at this year’s African Championships. A bunch of Peruvian fans – rigorously dressed in red and white – were to be seen at the Mall Convention Centre along with their Ambassador to Thailand, another proof of the extreme popularity these girls enjoy in their homeland. However, the South Americans started a little bit too relaxed and appeared quite sleepy with Tunisia rapidly sailing to a surprising 8-3 with three aces in a row for Rahma Snoussi. Peru’s reception was extremely poor and shaky, whereas Tunisia continued to serve extremely well, alternating floats and more powerful services, to spread the gap up to 16-8 at the second technical break. With Yllescas, Sosa and Camet finally finding the right rhythm Peru bounced back and leveled at 19, displaying a totally different game than at the beginning of the match. The Tunisian receivers got completely lost in the last and decisive rallies and Daniela Uribe – niece of former Olympic silver medalist Cenaida – scored the last point for the final 25-21.  
Having gained in consistency and self-confidence, Peru put up a real show in the second set, marching quickly through the first and second technical breaks (16-4!), with all spikers well on fire and Tunisia evidently struggling in reception. The South American fans started distributing t-shirts to the Thai audience and quite suddenly the stands were filled up with a homogeneous “cloud” likely to boost Uribe & Co. to an easy and quick three setter. 
That was eventually the case, although Tunisia struggled for its best in the third set and profited of a short black-out of the Peruvians to make their job a little bit harder. Starting from the second technical break the girls in red jerseys re-gained full control of the operations and a poor reception of the Tunisians put an end to the match in about 60 minutes.
 
  

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