HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 26, 2022.- Peru defeated Canada 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) to play for seventh place of the Women’s Pan American Cup at the Sonora Arena in Hermosillo.
Peru will play for seventh place against Costa Rica and Canada goes head-to-head against Nicaragua for ninth place.
After two battled sets, Peru finally found their way to force their game strategy and rhythm of play, leading 46-29 in attacks and scoring on 25 opponent errors against 20. Canada was better in blocks 10-3 and in aces 3-1.
Outside hitter Karla Ortiz topped Peru’s attackers, with 13 points on 9 kills, three blocks and one ace, accompanied by middle blocker Ginna Lopez and outside hitter Ysabella Sanchez with 10 points apiece (all from kills).
Middle blocker Avery Heppell led Canada with 10 points on 6 kills and a match-high of 4 blocks, outside hitter Melissa Langegger and middle blocker Allyssah Fitterer followed with 9 and 8 points respectively.
Francisco Hervas, head coach of Peru: “It was a difficult match for us, after falling to Puerto Rico, it’s emotionally hard for our team. Today we confirmed we can continue to compete; the result was in our favor. The team was disciplined in blocking, the players understood what we wanted them to do, sometimes that’s what matches are all about. Canada is a good team, with a lot of energy and dynamic, so we stood strong and stopped them, it wasn’t easy”.
Avery Heppell, top scorer of Canada: “The first two sets were much better, we came out strong, it was part of our game plan. It was unfortunate we gave them too many points in the third set, we weren’t as strong as we needed to be. We will close by giving our all tomorrow”.