Argentina Sweeps Costa Rica, Next Up Peru for Fifth

July 03, 2009, 6:12 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 3, 2009) – Argentina defeated Costa Rica in straight sets by score of 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 and will play Peru on Saturday for the fifth place in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup.

The Argentineans had to come from behind against a resilient opponent during the first two sets of the match but easily dominated in the third one.

Georgina Pinedo and Georgina Klug led Argentina with 13 and 11 points respectively and Leticia Boscacci and Florencia Busquets added nine apiece.

Verania Willis carried most of the load of Costa Rican offense with 18 points, 17 of them via attacks. Mariela Quesada added 8 and Angela Willis and Paola Ramirez each contributed seven points.

“To play against Peru is a beautiful way of finishing the tournament,” said Klug. “We also want to prepare our team for the World Championship’s qualifier and want to finish as the second South American team here which means a ticket to the Final Four Tournament.”

“It was a good match but we could have played better,” said Verania Willis. “We tried to put pressure with our serves and it worked but only for moments.”