Captain - Mirtha Uribe

Volleyball is a family affair for Mirtha Uribe. Her aunt Cenaida won a silver medal as part of the Peru volleyball team at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, before going on to be a congresswoman in her native country. Mirtha’s younger sister Daniela has also played volleyball internationally, and the two siblings run their own sportswear company called MyD. Mirtha’s volleyball story began when she took up the sport in 1997 in Lima, Peru. Her experience at the top level of volleyball now includes two World Championships and three Pan American Games. Her best finish over all those tournaments was a fourth place in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2011 she was part of the Peru team that won bronze at the South American Championship.

The 30-year-old middle blocker is aiming to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She currently plays in the LNSV league in Peru.

Star Player - Angela Levya

Angela Leyva began playing volleyball at age 11. She was the tallest girl in her school, and after initially playing basketball her physical education teacher persuaded her to join the volleyball team.

She was a star of the junior international volleyball scene, and at 18 years old is still playing in junior tournaments alongside her senior matches. She was named Best Opposite Hitter in the 2013 Youth World Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, where she helped Peru to a fourth-place finish. She has also excelled in continental youth championships, including being named Most Valuable Player at the U22 South American Championships and Most Valuable Player and Best Opposite Hitter of the 2015 U20 Copa Latina in Lima, Peru.

She has been a member of two Peru teams at the World Grand Prix. In 2014 they finished sixth in Group 2, where she was the youngest captain in the competition. In 2015 they narrowly missed out on success in Group 3 after losing to Kenya in the final.


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