Minas Tênis Clube rounded up their amazing season so far in Superliga, in which they secured the top seed for the playoffs, by defeating Curitiba Vôlei in the last round of the regular phase by a 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-16). Thus, Minas finished regular season with only 2 defeats in 22 matches and with 59 points. Interestingly, these two teams will also meet in the best-of-three playoff quarterfinals knowing the fact that Curitiba settled at the eighth place in the standings. Bruna Honório was the top scorer for Minas in the match with 23 points.
Thanks to a versatile display of Ana Beatriz Corrêa (15 points/3 aces/6 kill blocks), Sesc RJ beat Dentil/Praia Clube by a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) in a rerun of the last season’s playoff finals to seal the third place in the standings, pushing Hinode Barueri to No.4. It means that Barueri will face Osasco Voleibol Clube/Audax in Paulista classic (derby of the state of São Paulo) in the opening round of the playoffs.
Playoff quarterfinals bracket:
March 18, March 21, and March 25 if necessary
(8) Curitiba Vôlei vs. (1) Minas Tênis Clube
(2) Dentil/Praia Clube vs. (7) Fluminense F.C.
March 19, March 22, and March 26 if necessary
(6) Sesi Vôlei Bauru vs. (3) Sesc RJ
(5) Osasco Voleibol Clube/Audax vs. (4) Hinode Barueri
Regular season league leaders:
Best scorer: Katarzyna Skowrońska (Barueri) 437 points;
Best server: Mariana Costa “Mari Paraíba” (Osasco Voleibol Clube/Audax) 31 aces;
Best blocker: Ana Carolina Silva “Carol” (Praia Clube) 81 kill blocks;
Best receiver: Gabriela Guimarães “Gabi” (Minas) 77% positive reception;
Best attacker: Caroline Gattaz “Carol Gataz” (Minas) 60% excellent attack.