Peru Sweeps Mexico at Pan Am Cup

June 26, 2009, 7:13 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (June 26, 2009) – Peru opened the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-10 victory over Mexico on Friday evening at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

Yulissa Zamudio tallied a match-high 12 points with six kills, three blocks and three aces for Peru. Carla Ortiz added nine points in the victory, all on attacks.

Mexico was led by its captain Migdalel Ruiz, who tallied eight points with seven kills and a block. Martha Revuelta added six points in the loss.

Peru enjoyed a 38-22 advantage in aces and won the service battle with seven aces to Mexico’s zero. Both teams had five blocks.

“I am very pleased with our performance, and our younger players are improving,” Peru captain Leyla Chihuan said. “Our future is very bright. Right now we are looking more into the future than just this tournament.”

“Peru is a very good team,” Ruiz said. “We will come out and do our best and try to improve with each match. We know that we have some tough matches ahead with Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and USA.”

Peru plays Costa Rica at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, the second of five consecutive pool play matches before the classification round. Mexico returns to the court at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday to face Puerto Rico (1-0).