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USA wins Pool A with victory over Argentina


CAÑETE, Peru, June 21, 2017 – The United States claimed the first position in Pool A after the conclusion of the preliminary phase of the XVI Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup by Movistar on Sunday at Lolo Fernandez Coliseum of Lima.


The young team from United States defeated Argentina 3-0 (27-25, 25-14, 25-23) to earn the direct ticket to the semifinals with a 5-0 win-loss record and 23 points.


Andrea Drews and Madison Kingdom scored 16 and 11 points, respectively, as the best scorers for the winners. Paula Yamila Nizetih had 14 points in the losing effort.


Andrea Drews, top scorer of USA: “Argentina presented a different formation to what we expected but these are situations you have to learn how to control. They did a good job at blocking and we tried to do our game. We established our offense and hopefully we can keep improving and learning to control the little details.”


Karch Kiraly, Coach of USA: “The team of Argentina did a good job at blocking. I think we still have to improve things in defense and offense but I know that match after match we will continue growing.”


Yamila Nizetich, top scorer of Argentina: “Argentina came from less to more but that also happened with the level of our opponent. Today we could have the kind of game we wanted because we have several players who are sick and had to rotate the formation and couldn’t press with the serve and couldn’t react to their fast tempo. For the upcoming matches we will be better and we will show our real rhythm,”


Guillermo Orduna, Coach of Argentina: “Today we could not field our regular team since several players have health problems but hopefully they will recover for the next matches. In quarterfinals we will play against Peru, a strong team playing at home but we came prepared physically and mentally to face all the rivals we have to.”