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Brazil, Argentina & Peru lead in South America Championship

Brazil’s Sheilla Castro was pleased with her team's superior performance against Chile on the first day of volleyball action at the South American Championships currently being held in Peru

Ica, Peru, September 18, 2013 - Brazil, Argentina and Peru took their first victories on day one of the 30th South American Championship, taking them one step closer to qualifying for the 2014 Women’s World Championship in Italy. The winner of the South American Championship is also guaranteed a ticket to the World Grand Champions Cup in November.

Brazil defeat Chile 3-0
Brazil, favourites to win the competition, defeated Chile in straight sets on the opening day of the competition 3-0 (25-10 , 25-5,  25-4) in just 57 minutes.

The top scorer of the match was Brazil’s Juciely Barreto with 13 points, while Catalina Melo scored 3 points for Chile.

Zé Roberto’s team went onto the courts determined to score a quick victory over Chile in order to top the leader table. The first set took 19 minutes while the Brazilians took the second set  easily in 16 minutes to secure a comfortable victory. The Chilean defense seemed unable  to stop the attacks of the strong players from Brazil.

It was a repeat performance in the third set of the match and the Brazilians played with confidence closing the last set 25-4 in just 14 minutes.

Brazil’s Sheilla Castro said, "Brazil was superior throughout the match today but tomorrow’s victory will be harder as we will face a more difficult opponent.” Captain Chris Vorphal also said, “Today Brazil showed why we are Olympic champions. We played but we also made ​​many mistakes."

Argentina defeat Colombia 3-2

Argentina won a long and exciting match against Colombia 3-2 (19-25, 31-29, 11-25, 25-12, 15-11) in 1h 48 min. Colombian Madelayne Montaño was the top scorer of the match with 35 points,  while Argentina’s Sol Piccolo scored 19 points for her side.

The Argentines felt the power of Colombian offense in the first set which the latter won 25-19.  However, this only steeled the Argentinian’s resolve not to quit. They managed to make a great comeback taking the second set 31-29.

In the third set Colombia took advantage of the recurring errors of their opponents to take the third set and advance on the score board.  In the fourth set, Argentina was forced to play a tie-break at one point but ended up closing this part of the match in their favour.

The Argentinians kept their slight advantage in the fifth and final set of the match, keeping the Colombians at bay while they closed the match with a score of 15-11.

Argentina’s captain praised the achievements of her team saying, “Although we committed few errors in the beginning we have highlighted what can be done with a great deal of teamwork.”

Colombian Paola Ampudia said of their defeat, “Today our reception did not work and Argentina took advantage of that and we could not counter it.  We have to work hard on this aspect against our other competitors to make sure that this does not continue to happen."

Peru beat  Venezuela 3-1

Peru’s national team did not disappoint the nearly 7,000 people who  attended the match at the Coliseo Cerrado in Ica, taking the match against Venezuela with a score of  3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16) in 1hr 43min. The victory puts Peru second on the table currently behind Brazil.

Peru’s Karla Ortiz was the top scorer of the match with 21 points while Venezuela’s Desiree Glod scored 15 points for her side. .

Venezuela did not seem intimated by the public cheering for the home team in the first set of the match, taking advantage of mistakes in Peru’s defense all through the set.

However, the Peruvians started coming into their own in the second set   which they took 25-19.

By the third set the public had warmed up considerably and buoyed by their cheering the home team took the fourth and final set of the match 25-16.

Mirtha Uribe, Peru’s captain praised Venezuela and congratulated them on playing a great game. “We were nervous about playing a home game after so long. But we were finally able to take victory especially with our setter Zoila La Rosa doing such a spectacular job to distribute the ball.”

Desiree Glod, captain of the Venezuela team, also praised Peru saying, “We would like to congratulate Peru because they are playing very well and are playing a very fast game and hopefully they will get very far."



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