Mexico wins roller-coaster against Peru

TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 19, 2022 – Mexico and Peru had a roller-coaster battle that Mexico finally won, 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-27, 25-15) on Tuesday at the Girls U19 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.

Mexico (1-1) will play Canada (1-0) in the pool-play finale on Wednesday. Peru (0-2) will play the United States (1-0).

Both teams had strong serving as Peru held a slight edge in aces, 11-10. The teams tied in blocks 5-5, but Mexico dominated on offense with 50 spikes as opposed to 31 for Peru. Mexico scored 31 points on Peru’s errors while limiting theirs to 26.

Mexico had three players in double figures led by outside hitter Michelle Arzate with 21 points on a match-high 15 spikes and a match-high six aces. Middle blocker Arleth Marquez scored 15 points and Alexa Vallin had 12.

Peru was led by outside hitter Fabiana Hurtado with 18 points on 14 kills and four aces.

Match action between Mexico and Peru

Luis Bañuelos, coach of Mexico: “Very happy with this first victory. The girls have been working very hard. Unfortunately, yesterday we could not do it against United States but it is a matter of turning the page and move forward. Very happy and now to prepare the match against Canada.”

Peru Head Coach Walter Lung: We played the same way as yesterday. This match was up and down for both teams. We will work harder to be more consistent. This is part of our experience at the Pan American Cup.