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Girls' South American Championship crowns Peru

Peru defeated Argentina to win the Girls' South American Championship
Chosica, Peru, November 10, 2014 - A full house in the town of Chosica, Peru cheered on a new generation of volleyball teams participating in the Girls' South American Championship. Peru defeated Argentina 3-0 to win gold. The home team won against the Albiceleste at the Carmella Estrella Coliseum 25-21, 30-28, 25-21.

Peru captain Claudia Palza was the top scorer with 15 points, followed by Ariagna Linares and Kiara Montes with 10 each. Melisa Corzo led Argentina with 14 points and captain Brenda Churin added 11.

Peru coach
Enrique Briceño 'Kike' said: "Argentina gave us first class international volleyball. We learned fast and gave everything to achieve victory. From the start of the tournament, we wanted to give a new joy to Peru."

Bolivia win bronze

Peru took gold in straight sets while Argentina claimed silver. Bolivia, on the other hand, fought back from two sets down to defeat Chile and win the bronze medals 3-2 (21-25, 11-25, 25-9, 25-22, 15-11) in an hour and 43 minutes.

The leading scorers for the winners were Estefany Patino (11) and Jessica Castillo (10). Chile's top scorers were Beatriz Novoa (19), Florence Saavedra (17) and Paula Salinas (10).

Chile had the advantage in attack (51-44), blocking (7-6) and serves (14-12), but Bolivia committed only 21 unforced errors compared to 35 for their opponents.

Young captain Estefany Patino was pleased with her team's achievement. "At first we were a little unsure on the court, but our coach reminded us that we had come to win and we recovered well and went with everything. We will now be working to get more wins."

At the end of the awards ceremony, the Peruvian Volleyball Federation (FPV) President Mr Luis Linares thanked the delegations for their participation and the the high level of play throughout the tournament.

Final ranking:

1 Peru
2 Argentina
3 Bolivia
4 Chile
5 Uruguay

Individual awards:

Best Middle Blocker: Claudia Palza (Peru)
Second Best Middle Blocker: Candela Salinas (Argentina)
Best Outside Spiker: Ariagna Linares (Peru)
Second Best Outside Spiker:  Brenda Churin (Argentina)
Best Opposite: Melisa Corzo (Argentina)
Best Setter: Pilar Cina (Argentina)
Best Libero: Hidalgo Coraima (Peru)
Most Valuable Player: Kiara Montes (Peru)


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