TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 18, 2022 – Canada overcame scrappy Peru to win their first match of the 2022 Girls U19 Pan American Cup, 3-1 (25-23, 25-13, 18-25, 25-20) on Monday at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Canada (1-0) will play the United States in its next pool play match on Tuesday (July 19). Peru (0-1) will face Mexico. All matches are being livestreamed at https://www.ballertv.com/events/2022-norceca-girls-u19-pan-american-cup.
Canada led Peru in spikes (46-24), blocks (9-3) and aces (13-6). Peru scored 48 points on Canada’s errors while committing 25 itself.
Canada middle blocker Veronica Dickson led all scorers with 17 points on 12 kills, a match-high three blocks and three aces. Outside hitter Abagayle Guezen added 16 points and outside hitter Taylor DeBoer scored 14.
Peru middle blocker Alondra Villanueva and outside hitter Fabiana Hurtado each scored 10 points. Middle blocker Ericka Zevallos had a match-high five aces for Peru.
Canada Head Coach Christine Biggs
“I think we did a really nice job of growing through the match and using the experience to get better. We also did a really nice job of competing and fighting. I was really impressed with the adjustments we made throughout the match, considering it was the first international experience. I am really proud of the maturity these young women showed.”
Walter Lung, coach of Peru: “It is a new category for us as a team but we are trying to find the right path. We hope to improve tactically in the next few games and also from our players individually.”