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Argentina and Peru draw good results in South America's Rio 2016 qualifier

Argentina celebrate their second victory in the South American Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bariloche on Thursday
Bariloche, Argentina, January 7, 2016 – Argentina kept its focus as they earned their second match triumph with their 3-1 (25-18, 25-16, 17-25, 25-18) win over Venezuela, while Peru recorded a strong 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-10) win over Chile on the second day of competition of the South American Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament at Pedro Estremador Stadium on Thursday.

Carla Rueda and Angela Leyva combined for 27 points – three points less of their opponents’ total output in the match – in the commanding win over Chile. Peru overwhelmed their rivals on all fronts, which makes them a tough contender for the Rio 2016 qualification ticket.

“We have worked hard since November to get better in this tournament and started to play strong against a tough opponent,” Rueda said. “We know that the stakes will be higher as we try to achieve our dream of qualifying in the Olympics.”

Meanwhile, Argentina achieved an important victory that delighted their home fans. Venezuela had a hot start but were suddenly struck by errors, which allowed the Argentines to earn the first two set-victories. Venezuelan servers hounded the Argentine defence in the next set, which allowed the former to recover and seize the third frame from the hosts. In the fourth set, Argentina regained their composure to secure the match victory.

“We won an important match,” Argentina player Josefina Fernandez said. “We were able to play at a good level. We followed our game plan and this match was a test of character in difficult moments in the match. It was a good win for us.”

Argentina will have a rest day on Friday, as Venezuela and Chile face each other in the first match, while Peru and Colombia will play in the second match.


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