Amanda Coneo’s 32pts carries Colombia into first Pan Am Games
LIMA, Peru, August 7, 2018. - With impressive 32 points, Amanda
Coneo carried Colombia into their first Lima 2019 Pan American
Games victory defeating host Peru 3-1 (21-25, 22-25, 25-21,
25-22) on Thursday night.
Amanda Coneo´s 32 points including 29 kills, helped Colombia
silence the five thousand Peruvian supporters at the Multisport
Complex El Callao to improve her team’s win-loss record to 1-1
in pool A and keeping them in the battle to move into the medals
Colombia outblocked Peru with a sizeable 12-5 advantage while
Peru led by slim 57-56 attacking margin and 4-3 in aces.
Colombia committed 24 errors and Peru a total of 25.
Along with Amanda’s pounding force, outside hitter Margarita
Martinez and opposite player Dayana Segovia contributed with 12
points apiece. Outside hitter Angela Leyva scored 27 points as
Peru’s leading attacker and captain Karla Ortiz scored 15
Colombia (1-1) will play against Canada (0-2) and Peru (1-1)
will meet undefeated Dominican Republic (2-0) on Friday’s pool A
Amanda Coneo, top scorer of Colombia: “It was a difficult match,
with Peru at home they are one of the most difficult opponents,
but I think Colombia played super well to obtain the result we
wanted for our country because Colombia deserves this and a lot
Antonio Rizola, Head coach of Colombia: “They are Colombia’s
direct opponent, beating them coming from behind is really hard.
Colombia showed character and personality against a crowd that
supported Peru all the way. We won because we were more
disciplined in tactically speaking; we played with our hearts
for Colombia, for the efforts from our sport authorities in
keeping us competing at a higher level”.
Angela Leyva, top scorer of Peru: “We played a great match
despite the loss we battled with everything we have. We had a
chance to win 3-0, I am sure of that. There’s nothing else but
to congratulate Colombia because they took advantage when we
dropped our performance. The tournament isn’t over and we will
go on, proud of my teammates”.
Manuel Hervas, Head coach of: “It was really important to win
over Colombia because tomorrow we will face Dominican Republic,
one of the tournament’s favorite to win. Today the sets were
really close but Coneo had an extraordinary rhythm and we
weren’t capable in stopping her. We will fight with all we got