Peru Tops Canada, To Play for Fifth

July 03, 2009, 4:23 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI, Fla. (July 3, 2009) – Peru defeated Canada 3-1 (29-27, 25-13, 16-25, 25-21) advancing to a match for the fifth position in the Eighth Women’s Pan American Cup being held at University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.

The Peruvians, who outscored their rivals 6-1 in the aces category but were overmatched 13-6 by their taller opponents in the blocking department, next play the winner of the Argentina vs. Costa Rica match scheduled for later on Friday.

Yulissa Zamdio topped the scoring of Peru with 19 points, including four blocks. Leyla Chihuan and Jessenia Uceda added 13 points apiece and Patricia Soto and Carla Ortiz contributed 12 and 9 respectively.

Tiffany Dodds led Canada with 14 points including two blocks and one ace, Tammy Mahon added 13 and Brittney Page contributed four blocks among her 11 tallies.

“We are a little bit tired after many consecutive days of playing not only physically but also mentally,” said Chihuan, the captain of Peru. “We still need to work harder in our game and in achieving our goal of putting back Peru in the high place it had in the past.”

“We played a good match but when you don’t play consistent you are in trouble,” said Arnd Ludwig, the coach of Canada. “We need to be more consistent for the whole set and not in parts of it.”