Itambé Minas prevailed against Brasília Vôlei in their first match this year in the 2022–23 Brazilian Men’s Volleyball Championship and finally tasted victory after a while.
Minas ended a streak of four defeats in the opening game of the return of the 2022–23 1XBET Superliga Masculina after a winter break. They beat Brasília by 3 sets to 0 at home in Round 12. The victory was achieved with partials of 25-20, 25-23, and 25-22. As a result, the team from Belo Horizonte broke a sequence of four defeats and rehabilitated itself in the regular season. Minas are now at 22 points and have reached fourth place.
The match started with a minute of silence in order to honor Pelé, the king of football, who passed away on December 29, 2022. A situation from the match that drew attention: two players from Brasília received a red card. First Diego Dutra, then Rafael Bairros, because of complaints against the referee’s decision. The highlight of the vice-champions was Cuban Luis Elián, who scored 12 points. Henrique Honorato made 82% reception (22 digs, 2 errors, 64% excellent). Geovane Kuhnen and Robson Rodrigues “Robinho” tallied 11 points apiece on the losing side. The latter had 77% attack (10/13, 1 error).
2022-23 1XBET Superliga Masculina, regular season, Round 12: