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2010 Girls' Youth Olympic Games
21 - 26 August 2010

 Press Release
Belgium advance to Youth Olympic Games finals

Belgium celebrate their win over Peru in the first semifinal on Tuesday
Singapore, Singapore, August 24, 2010 - Peru and Belgium faced-off in Toa Payoh Sports Hall in the semi-finals of the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games in a very intensive and exciting match where the European side scored a 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22) victory over the South Americans.

In the first set, Peru led 10-7, but Belgium came back and scored five consecutive points and nine of the next 10 points. Peru struggled to spike the ball past Belgium’s Laurine Klinkenberg and Laura Heyrman.  

Peru started off the second set strong, leading 7-3, but Belgium came back and tied the score at eight. Peru rebounded and played good team defence, scoring five straight points twice during the set. However, they allowed Belgium to score five points while they remained stuck with 24 points.

Belgium finally started a set well in the third, scoring the first four points and eventually picking up the win.

The fourth and final set was the closest one. Peru led for most of the set, but Belgium claimed the lead for the first time at 20-19 and held on for the win.

Belgium’s record improved to 2-1, while Peru’s record fell to 2-1. 

Belgium will compete in the girls’ final on Thursday at 9:00 against the winner of USA-Japan. Peru will play on Wednesday at 15:30 against the loser of USA-Japan for third place.

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