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Peru edges Mexico in sensational match

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 11, 2018 – Peru scored a grueling victory over Mexico 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 31-29, 34-32) at the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Wednesday.

In a qualification match, Peru advanced to the 5-8 round after a long battle which lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Karla Ortiz and Kiara Montes spearheaded Peru with 20 and 19 points, respectively, while Brenda Lobaton and Clarivett Yllescas added 16 and 10 in the victory.

Mexico had five players in double figures with Andrea Rangel and Samantha Bricio leading the parade each with 18 points. Melanie Parra was next with 17 and Karina Flores and Jocelyn Urías chipped in with 14 and 10, respectively.

Clarivett Yllescas, captain of Peru: It was a close battle against a very fast Mexico. It was a match of good defense and we were able to keep the calm.

Andrea Rangel, captain of Mexico: We lacked decision at the end and Peru played good defense. It was a battle.

Carlos Aparicio, coach of Peru: It could have gone either way. The winners were the fans who enjoyed the battle. My girls played hearts out game and we reduced mistakes.

Ricardo Ponce, coach of Mexico: We couldn’t close the third and fourth set despite the opportunities. That was the difference. Peru, on the contrary, played with decision and clarity.