Brazil, Argentina & Peru lead in South America Championship
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
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’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."
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.
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’s Karla Ortiz was the top
scorer of the match with 21 points while Venezuela’s Desiree Glod scored 15 points
for her side. .
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."