29. 03. 2019

BRA M: Cruzeiro avoid another game full of drama against Maringá to go to semis, Sesi advance as well

Source: superliga.cbv.com.br; Photo: Sada Cruzeiro/Twitter

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The reigning Brazilian Men’s Volleyball champions Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei have qualified for the Superliga playoff semifinals.

 

The second seed Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei fixed a bad first impression from the opening game of the Superliga Cimed 2018-2019 playoff quarterfinals against Copel Telecom Maringá Vôlei (3-2) and this time prevailed over No.7 side without losing a single set: 25-19, 25-21, 25-17. Thus, the Contagem based team advanced to the semifinals by sweeping their rivals. Just like in Game 1, there was a tension on the court due to some controversial referee’s decisions, even after watching video checks, to which Maringá players complained. Cruzeiro middle blocker Isac Santos top-scored for his team with 15 points (four kill blocks, 85% excellent attack). American Taylor Sander was brilliant in reception with 92%. There were no players with double digits in Maringá, Hugo Silva made nine points.

The top seed SESI-SP will also play semifinals as they eliminated No.8 Vôlei UM Itapetininga. The team São Paulo beat their rivals in four sets in Game 2 to win the series 2-0.

Superliga Cimed 2018-2019 playoff quarterfinals:

(8) Vôlei UM Itapetininga – (1) SESI-SP 1-3 (24-26, 28-30, 25-22, 17-25), series 0-2

(7) Copel Telecom Maringá Vôlei – (1) Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei 0-3 (19-25, 21-25, 17-25), series 0-2

March 29:

(3) EMS Taubaté Funvic - (6) Vôlei Renata (23:00 CET),series 1-1

No.4 SESC-RJ qualified for the semifinals earlier by winning series against No.5 Fiat/Minas 2-0


 

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