Peru beats Costa Rica in first win

HERMOSILLO, Mexico, August 23, 2022.- Peru beat Costa Rica in pool A 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-14) for their first tournament win at the Women’s Pan American Cup in the Sonora Arena of Hermosillo.

After two losses (United States and Dominican Republic), Peru came out on top Costa Rica by an overwhelming 41-19 advantage in attacks and an impressive 14-0 margin in serves. Costa Rica held a slim 4-3 margin in blocks and committed one less error than Peru (17-18).

Opposite hitter Maria Paula Rodriguez of Peru was the only player with double-figures, with a total of 18 points on 8 kills, 2 blocks and a match-high of 8 aces. Middle blocker Maricarmen Guerrero and outside hitter Aixa Vigil tallied 8 and 7 points respectively.

Outside hitters Tamara Espinoza and Nicole Mata led Costa Rica with 5 points each.

Maria Paula Rodriguez of Peru spikes

On Wednesday Peru (1-2) will play Puerto Rico (0-1) and Costa Rica (0-2) goes up against the United States (2-0).

María Paula Rodríguez, top scorer of Peru: “This was a team effort, our attacks were strong, we worked well in blocking and our serves helped to control our opponent. To keep on winning we must have a good attitude like today and work together as a team”.

Irene Fonseca, setter of Costa Rica: “In comparison from our first match against Dominican Republic, today we limited our errors. The closing of the second set was long, exhausted and we showed the level of play we are prepared to give. The team is learning with every match and set, gaining experience for our growth”.