Puerto Rico defeated Peru 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 on the third day of Pool A action of the Eighth Women's Pan American Cup Sunday evening at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center. Both teams entered the contest with 2-0 records.
Puerto Rico (3-0) featured three players in double-figure scoring with Aurea Cruz leading with 12 points via nine kills, two aces and a block. Sarai Alvarez and Alexandra Oquendo each added 11 points in the victory.
Peru (2-1) was paced by Patricia Soto's 14 points, while Carla Ortiz chipped in six points in the loss.
Puerto Rico's net defense yielded an 8-5 block advantage in addition to a 6-2 ace margin.
"We started slow as we committed some unaccustomed errors in the early stages," Puerto Rico Head Coach Carlos Cardona said. "Our blocking was great tonight and it put some pressure on Peru. We really relied on our blocking tonight. But I did not think we would win in three sets."
"Peru came out strong and battled back," Puerto Rico captain Vilmarie Mojica said. "However, we prepared a lot for this match with a great scouting report."
"Puerto Rico played really well and we struggled on serve-receive," Peru captain Leyla Chihuan said. "We started to play better towards the end of the match."
Puerto Rico seeks to remain undefeated on Monday as it faces Costa Rica at 5:30 p.m. Peru will look to rebound in a match against the host United States at 8 p.m. ET.
Match #13: Dominican Republic Sweeps Trinidad & Tobago
MIAMI, Fla. (June 28, 2009) - Dominican Republic improved its Pool B win-loss record to 3-0 following the straight set victory 25-6, 25-7, 25-14 over Trinidad & Tobago in the Eighth Women's Pan American Cup at the Florida International University's U.S. Century Bank on Sunday.
"It was a good opportunity to use all my players and to get them in the rhythm of the game because we are going to need all of them against Brazil," said Marcos Kwiek, the coach of Dominican Republic.
"It was a good experience for our players to compete against a stronger team like Dominican Republic," said Nicholson Drakes, the coach of Trinidad & Tobago. "It is exactly what we aspire, to gain more experience for the near future."
Bethania de la Cruz led Dominican Republic with 11 points, including four aces, Jeoselyna Rodriguez had 8 points with three aces, and Prisilla Rivera also had eight tallies.
Defending champions Dominican Republic will look for the first place of Pool B when meet Brazil on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Trinidad & Tobago play Brazil on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
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