Colombia wins South American duel with Argentina
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 8, 2018 – Colombia held
off a reaction of Argentina, their South American rival, to
claim an emotional five-set victory in Pool C of the Women’s
Volleyball Pan American Cup on Sunday.
Amanda Coneo had 20 points to lead four Colombian players with
double digits in the scores in the 3-2 (25-16, 25-16, 22-25,
18-25, 17-15) victory. Dayana Segovia contributed 18 points in
the win while Margarita Martinez and Valerin Carabalí added 14
and 11 respectively.
Elina Rodriguez finished with 16 points for the defeated side
while Lucia Fresco and Yamila Nizetich added 15 apiece.
Constanza Lazcano and Florencia Busquets each had 12 in the
Maria Marín, captain of Colombia: We played very well for the
first two sets but then lost the concentration. In the fifth set
we tried to reduce the mistakes and improved our blocking.”
Yamila Nizetich, captain of Argentina: It was a great match and
Argentina went from less to more. At the beginning we did not
serve well but step by step we improved our level. We are just
starting and we need to reduce errors and serve better.”
Antonio Rizola, coach of Colombia: We knew it was going to be a
tough match. Argentina is ahead of us but we are growing and it
is not easy to learn how to win. You learn to win playing not
Guillermo Orduna, coach of Argentina: We were caught off guard
in the first two sets. Then we recovered and adjusted but in the
tie-breaker we made more mistakes.