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Peru to host 2014 Girls' Youth South American Volleyball Championship

Peru will play hosts to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay at the Coliseum Cerrado Bicentenario de Morales
Tarapoto, Peru, June 27, 2014 - Tarapoto in Peru will host the 2014 Girls' Youth South American Volleyball Championship from July 2-6. The hosts will be joined by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay at the Coliseum Bicentenario of Morales, where the six nations will play to qualify for the FIVB Girls' Under 18 World Championship in 2015.

Due to the high temperatures characteristic of the region at this time of year, the Peruvian national team are already in Tarapoto to acclimatise. They will aim to hold on to the championship title won two years ago.

Peru coach Juan Diego Garcia's team prepared for the competition with a tour of Argentina. The team then returned to Lima to take on the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Chile in the Copa Plaza Norte. The final phase of their preparations for the South American championship took the form of participation in the International Division of the American Atheletics Union (AAU) volleyball championships in the United States, where they beat teams from Germany, Israel and Mexico.

"We are arriving at the tournament at a good time, as we have had the opportunity to train against different teams and have a fairly well-prepared national team. We now need to demonstrate what we have been practising daily. Our biggest challenge has been to improve on a daily basis and to meet all our commitments successfully," said Juan Diego Garcia.

The Argentina team, coached by Mauro Silvestre, will travel to the South American Championship in Peru on Wednesday. They too have begun preparations for the tournament and will hope to perform as well as in the last two editions, when they qualified for the World Championships in Turkey in 2011 and in Thailand in 2013.

The 2014 Girls' Youth South American Volleyball Championship will be broadcast live on the website of the South American Volleyball Confederation. Matches from Peru will also be broadcast live.

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