TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 23, 2022 – Peru picked up its first win of the tournament with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-18) victory over Costa Rica on Saturday at the 2022 Girls U19 Pan American Cup at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
Peru (1-4) finishes the tournament in seventh place.
Peru led in attacks (38-24) while Costa Rica led in blocks (5-3) and aces (9-7). Peru scored on 27 Costa Rica errors and committed 23.
Peru outside hitters Katherine Pauro and Fabiana Hurtado finished with 14 points each. Pauro had 13 attacks and one ace. Hurtado had 12 attacks and two aces.
Costa Rica outside hitter Nazareth Mata led her team with 10 points on eight spikes, one block and one ace.
Peru Coach Walter Lung: The victory is better. The structure of the game was different because previous matches were against taller teams. We are happy because this is a small team that has good defense. We are happy because we have a victory at the end.
Kareem Richars, coach of Costa Rica: It has been a very growing experience. In today’s game we expected a little more, but it is part of the game, part of the development. We need a little more. We leave happy. The objective was attained. The organization has been excellent. We hope that Costa Rica in future competitions can compete at a higher level.