Peru Eases by Guatemala

June 30, 2009, 4:29 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (June 30, 2009) – Peru topped Guatemala 25-9, 25-13, 25-15 Tuesday afternoon during the final day of five consecutive pool play matches during the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

Peru finishes Pool A in third place with a 3-2 record and advances to the quarterfinal round on July 2. Guatemala completes Pool A with a 0-5 record and next will compete for 11th place on July 4.

Carla Ortiz led Peru with 15 points, while its captain Leyla Chihuan added 12 points. Yulissa Zamudio charted 11 points in the victory.

Maria A. Estrada Santizo paced Guatemala with nine points, while Susana Alvarado Gomez chipped in five points.

Peru’s service caused trouble with Guatemala’s service reception as the victors held a 7-1 ace advantage. Peru also scored 30-kill margin (51-21).

“Peru played liked we knew they could do today,” Peru Assistant Coach Natalia Malaga Dibos said. “These games are for preparation for the future and have to keep working hard. We had the opportunity to play our young players, and although we had some technical problems, we are happy with the results.”

“We played a lot of new players who had not played at this level,” Guatemala captain Aneliesse Burmester said. “I noticed they were nervous at the beginning, but they began to play better as the match went on. That was the objective – giving them playing time and match experience.”