The Peruvian girl’s national volleyball team (known affectionately as the “Matadorcitas”) lost the Copa Unique 2013 final in straight sets to Slovenia this weekend in Lima and the question on everybody’s mind was, “how’d that happen?”
That’s because just 24-hours earlier the Peruvian girls defeated the Europeans to earn a spot in the finals. But on Sunday, Slovenia made their physical superiority felt early and often in the final of Copa Unique by pulverizing the home squad.
This defeat couldn’t have come at a worst time as the Peruvian girls, who are the current South American champs, must now travel to the Czech Republic for the under-18 World Cup. They will face the best competition from across the planet, including Slovenia and the Dominican Republic, which they also lost to in Copa Unique.
To make matters worse, Head Coach Natalia Malaga was given a red card during the defeat against the Dominican Republic for arguing with an official.
The Peruvian team has to improve their communication and composure if they want to reach their goal if finishing among the top four in the World Cup next month.
“We have to fix a few things and that what these tournaments are for,” said Angela Leyva, the 17-year-old captain. “After this we’re going on a tour of Japan and Poland to get ready for when it counts.”
The Matadorcitas will compete for the Women’s Junior Volleyball World Championships in the Czech Republic in June, and then the Girl’s Youth World Championships in Thailand this August.