Brazil Over Confederation Rival Peru

July 02, 2009, 7:32 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 2, 2009) – Reigning Olympic champion Brazil swept Peru 25-11, 25-19, 25-14 on Thursday in a battle of South American teams and moved to a semifinal match against United States Friday night in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

The defeat dropped the Peruvians to the 5-8 positions round where they will compete against Canada, Costa Rica and the loser of the Argentina-Puerto Rico match. The strong Brazilian blocking proved to be a big difference in the match as they outscored Peru 17-3 in that department.

Sheila Castro led the balanced scoring of Brazil with 13 points, while Mari Steinbrecher and Thaisa Menezes each contributed 12 tallies with 4 and 3 blocks respectively.

Leyla Chihuan paced Peru with 11 points and Patricia Soto and Yulissa Zamudio charted nine points apiece.

“I want to make it clear that Brazil is the current Olympic champion but this is a new team in a new cycle of preparation with some of the players that went to the Olympics,” said Roberto Guimaraes, the Brazilian coach. “With that being said, we played well, served well and blocked and defended well.”

“Brazil is a very strong team in comparison to Peru and these matches are important for us to know where we are,” said Natalia Malaga, the assistant coach of Peru.