Peru finish pool-play 2-1 defeating Canada

HERMOSILLO, Mexico, July 20, 2023.- Peru defeated Canada 3-1 (25-14, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17) to finish Pool A with 2-1 record at the U23 Women’s Pan American Cup in Hermosillo, México.

Peru advanced into the quarterfinal round and Canada with 1-2 record will wait for the result of the match between Dominican Republic (2-0) and Cuba (0-2) for their final position in Pool A.

Peru was superior in 44 to 28 in points from attacks and 8-4 in aces. Canada held the advantage in blocks 8-6. Both committed a similar number of unforced errors, Peru 35 and Canada 37.

Pefuvian Libero Cuya digging for the ball

Peruvian outside hitter Aixa Vigil led all attackers with 22 points from 20 attacks, one block and one ace. Opposite hitter Maria Paula Rodriguez followed with 13 points, including a match-high of 5 points from serves. Outside hitter and team captain Alondra Alarcon added 10 points.

Outside hitter Raya Surinix led Canada with 12 points on 11 kills and one ace.

Aixa Vigil, top scorer of Peru: “We were able to execute what we’ve been working for the past six months. We were overconfident in the third set. Today we limited our errors compared to yesterday’s match. We have an interesting group that will fight in the next round to win a medal”.

Francisco Hervas, coach of Peru: “I think that leading by two sets we relaxed a bit. It’s good because we learn that we must keep the game rhythm, our philosophy here is to learn. The girls got back their velocity and level of play”.