TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, July 20, 2022 – Team USA beat Peru, 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-15) on Wednesday and will advance straight to the semifinals of the Girls U19 Pan American Cup after winning its pool 3-0 at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The U.S. Girls (3-0) will get Thursday off while they await their semifinal opponent. Peru (0-3) will play in the fifth-place bracket, which also begins Friday.
Although each set started close, the United States pulled away each time and ended up leading the match in attacks (40-19), blocks (8-1) and aces (9-2). The U.S. committed 16 scoring errors and Peru committed 18.
Outside hitter Harper Murray of the U.S. started the first two sets and led all scorers with 12 points on nine attacks, two aces and one block. Outside hitter Kira Hutson scored 11 points on eight kills, two aces and one block.
Outside hitter Fabiana Hurtado led her team with seven points on six kills and one ace.
USA Head Coach Jamie Morrison I think the biggest thing is the growth of the players who are in this tournament. I thought today we could have been a little bit better. Overall, I’m happy with the progress the team has made and going undefeated is a great accomplishment.
Peru Head Coach Walter Lung: For us, it’s a big opportunity to play against the USA because we consider them one of the best teams in the world. We think that the girls played well, considering their level. They made their best effort and we played with three girls who are 15 years old. These are young kids. We want to finish the tournament in the best place possible.