LIMA, Peru,– Canada swept hosts Peru 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-15) to keep a 3-0 unbeaten streak alive in Pool B in the XIV Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup taking place at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum in Lima. The home side dropped to 0-3.
Canada overwhelmed Peru in the blocking category 11-1 with Kyla Richey (Robert’s Creek, BC) and Tabitha Love (Dauphin, MB) each registering four blocks apiece. The winners led in attacks 43-34 and in aces 4-3. Canada committed 16 unforced errors to 17 by Peru.
Richey was the best scorer for Canada with 18 points, followed by Love with 16 and Brittney Page (Vernon, BC) with 10. Angela Leyva was the only Peruvian player who reached double digits with 15 points while Maguilaura Frias added nine in the loss.
Brittney Page, team captain, said it was a good experience to play in Peru, “especially having to play with that crowd against you. We knew they were going to battle for every ball and in the third set we were a little bit pressed with the score pretty even. We have to put all our concentration power in work to win the match.”
Arnd Ludwig, Canda’s head coach, said: “Peru is a team with good passing and we had to press with our serves, and that we did very well so I am proud of my team.”
Mauro Marasciulo, coach of Peru: “We knew about the difficulties we were going to face. This is a very young team and you have to be patient. The team is coming from an important qualification and you have to learn dealing with good and bad moments. There is a lot of room to grow.”
Canada plays the Dominican Republic today (June 16) at 4:30 local time.
Report courtesy of NORCECA.