Puerto Rico Edges Peru at Pan Am Cup

June 28, 2009, 7:18 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (June 28, 2009) – 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.