LIMA, Peru – Despite a valiant effort and a much closer match than its tournament opener, the Trinity Western women’s volleyball team, representing Canada, dropped its second match of the U-23 Pan American Cup, losing 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22) to Peru Tuesday.
The Peruvians took advantage of 40 unforced errors made by the Spartans while making only 26 themselves. The home side was also better from the service line, earning 10 aces to Trinity Western’s six, but it was the Spartans who held a 17-7 edge in blocking.
Angela Leyva led Peru with 14 points while Ginna Lopez and Karla Ortiz tallied 11 apiece and Clarivet Yllescas added 10.
The Spartans Royal Richardson (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) and Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa, Ont.) each finished with 15 points while Amy Ott (Leschied) (East Selkirk, Man.) and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) had 8 points apiece.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 0-2 in Pool B while the win improved Peru’s record to 2-0.
“I was impressed by the way our team bounced back after a subpar first set,” Canada’s Ryan Hofer said. “We blocked very well in the last two sets and enjoyed the support of the fans of the match.”
Trinity Western captain Kelci French, who had a team-high three aces, said they gave their best but didn’t play up to their best in the first set. “In the second and third set we improved our reception,” she said.
While the victors earned full marks for their win, Peru coach Jose Dos Santos was impressed with the Trinity Western side.
“I am very glad with the girls because we played against a Canada team that played great defense,” Dos Santos said. “It is very important for us to play our game. So I tell them when you can’t make a hard hit you have to play smart ball.”
Peruvian Angela Leyva added: “It was a good match because our coach is giving us confidence to apply the new system he is implementing. We had good reception in the first set but our blocking failed in the second. We got our reception back in the third set.”
Trinity Western will take on Costa Rica Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. PDT) in its final game of the round robin. The Spartans will need a win to advance to the quarter-finals.