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Argentina, Brazil & Peru lead in South American Champs

 
Brazil's Thaisa Meneses was the top scorer in her team's match against Colombia, winning 14 points for her side.
 

Ica, Peru, September 19, 2013 - Argentina, Brazil and Peru have taken further wins at the Women’s South American Championship currently taking place at the Coliseo Cerrado in Ica, Peru.  

The winner of the competition will qualify for 2014 Women’s World Championship in Italy as well as the World Grand Champions Cup taking place in Japan this November. Championship favorites, Brazil top the leader board, followed by Peru with six points while Argentina has five.

Argentina defeat Venezuela 3-1

Argentina scored its second win beating Venezuela in four sets 3-1 (18-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-16) in 1h 37 min, currently ranking third in the competition. Argentina’s Lucia Fresco was the top scorer of the match with 22 points, followed by Flor Busquets with 21 points while Desiree Glod scored 15 points for Venezuela.

Venezuela played an aggressive first set, which they won 18-25.  But the Argentines came into their own in the second and third set, organising themselves better making it difficult for the Venezuelans to penetrate their game.
 
With their effective defense at the middle of the net the Argentines made few mistakes allowing them to add to their points in the competition. Lucia Frescoof Argentina said, “The game was not easy, we are improving game by game and the personality of the team has been growing through each game and that's very good."

Venezuela's coach, Sergio Rivero said, "The team is not at its best and we have come to this competition as preparation for the 2014 Women's World Championship Qualification Tournament in Argentina. We need to improve reception and block."

Brazil defeat Colombia 3-0

Olympic champions, Brazil proved to be unstoppable as they defeated Colombia 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-18) in 1h:06min. With the win Brazil claimed first place in the tournament on the second day of competition and are now one step closer to attaining their 18th South American title.

The top scorer of the match was Thaisa Meneses with 14 points, followed by Colombian Montaño Madelyne who scored 13 points.

With their best players on the field, Brazil was a hard team to beat. With their efficient attack that makes them one of the best in the world they forced the Colombians to make many mistakes in their defense. This inability to keep up with the Brazilians cost the Colombians the first and second set of the match.

With the first two sets taken Zé Roberto’s team continued to exercise sovereignty in the game and although the third set saw a more determined Colombian team, the Brazilians eventually secured their second win of the tournament.

Brazilian setter Dani Lins said, "It was a difficult game but we served well and I had good reception facility to distribute the game successfully." Madelyne  Montaño, Colombia's top player said,  "We looked at this  match as preparation as we knew what we were up against with  Brazil. In the first couple of sets it was impossible to play what we know and in the third we let go more. You have to work a lot especially the mentality that you must change."

Peru defeat Chile 3-0

The Peruvian Volleyball Team continued to make the home crowd proud as they beat Chile 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-18) in 1h15min. The Peruvians so far maintained their second place in the tournament. With 12 points the Peruvian attacker Karla Ortiz was the top scorer, followed by Chile’s Lucia Lozano who scored 8 goals.

The hosts attacked hard in the first set, and accompanied by the chants and encouragement from their fans, pulled ahead on the scoreboard without giving their opponents a chance. Chile’s problems with reception were their Achilles heel in the tournament.

The second set was closer but Peru still managed to handle the situation and take the second set after decreasing their margin of error.

The last set of the match was tight from the start and the Chileans sought to force a fourth set, while the Peruvians wanted to close the game. But the excessive errors of the Colombians during the game led to a favourable situation for home team Peru who closed the set and won the match 25-18.

Peru’s Raffaella Camet said, “We have to continue to improve and the team is playing well, but we can do better. If we get more games like this I know that we will continue to improve and give everything for the team."

Chile's captain, Chris Vhorphal stated, “Peru’s serves made it complicated for us and we made ​​many mistakes.  I think there are still things to improve."





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