Richmond, Canada, July 22, 2017 – Germany will enter the Group 2 Finals riding an eight-match winning streak after beating Peru 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23) in the final match of pool play in the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix Sunday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Germany’s Louisa Lippmann was once again dominant on the attack, leading her team with 14 kills, while Lena Stigrot contributed 13 kills.
The win sees Germany finish second overall in the Group 2 standings and will play Korea in the Group 2 semifinals July 29 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Germans only setback of the World Grand Prix pool play was a four-set campaign-opening loss against table-topping Korea.
With the German block finding its stride early and finishing with 10 blocks to Peru’s three, it was a difficult day for the Peruvian swingers from the outset.
Peru’s Angela Leyva and Carla Rueda Cotito managed to collect 14 points each. Leyva finished the World Grand Prix with 144 points.
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In the first set, Germany opened a 12-8 lead and never looked back. A Lippmann kill sent the Germans into the second technical timeout with a six-point lead and they carried momentum the rest of the way. With Leonie Schwertmann earning her third kill of the set, the Germans took the set 25-18. Lippmann had a team-high six kills for Germany. Leyva had five points for Peru.
After Peru opened a 3-1 lead in the second set, Germany quickly pushed back, holding an 8-6 lead by the first break. Germany widened the gap to 12-8 before once again taking a six-point lead into the second technical timeout. Peru bounced back with five straight points to make it a one-point set, at 16-15, only to see Germany respond with a 5-1 run that set the table for a tidy win. Germany’s Kimberly Drewniok sealed the set with a kill at 25-21.
With a quick victory on their minds, the Germans scored the first four points of the third set. A Stigrot kill then put Germany up by five at the first technical timeout. With Lippmann finding a sweet rhythm and continuing to lead her team’s offence, Germany went up 16-9. The Germans then opened a 19-12 lead, before Peru climbed back into the set, at 20-18. A block by setter Irina Kemmsies put Germany up 22-18 and they held off Peru down the stretch. Denise Hanke buried the winning kill to finish the match.
Germany is now 3-0 all-time against Peru in the World Grand Prix. They beat Peru twice in the 2011 tournament.