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Peru prove too strong for Kazakhstan

 
Algiers, Algeria, June 3 2016 - Peru take a 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 24-26, 16-25) win over Kazakhstan to earn the points in their opening group game.

Angela Leyva was the star of the show for Peru, as she scored 31 points to secure the points for the South American side in Group 3 of the Preliminary Round of the World Grand Prix, as they beat a plucky Kazakhstan side in Algiers.

The opening set was a cagey affair as both sides took turns as the front runner in the game before Leyva began to show her dominance to edge Peru into a 22-18 lead. Kazakhstan attempted to save the set but the South American side secured the set. 

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Kazakhstan took an early lead in the second set as they went into an 8-4 lead with Peru playing catchup from an early stage in the second set. Irina Shenberger was productive as she helped secure the set for Kazakhstan to level the match at 1-1, with the game potentially going either way.

Peru re-grouped in the third set and began to show their dominance without being able to shake off the Kazakhstan team, who managed to hang onto the coat tails of the Peruvian team to take it to sudden death. With the set poised at 25-24 to Peru, a block allowed them to take the set and a 2-1 lead.

Kazakhstan needed to hit back early in the fourth set to take the game the distance, but Peru raced into an 8-3 lead. A big surge from the Kazakhstan team saw them claw the deficit back to level the scores at 10-10, but that surge proved costly as Peru edged away to re-establish their lead and close out the game 25-16 to take a 3-1 win.


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