World champions and South American runners-up Cruzeiro continued their unbeaten record at the 16th continental championship. Team led by Argentine coach Marcelo Mendez downed his compatriots UPCN San Juan Vóley in semifinals 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-16) to score their fourth win at the tournament and play finals against Taubaté.
The best scorer of the match came from the winning team and it was the Cuban Yoandy Leal with 14 points, while Bulgarian Nikolay Uchikov led scorers of Argentine champions with 12.
In the closing match of the day, which was another clash of Brazilian and Argentinian teams, the odds were on side of the hosts, but their win was heavy. During the two hours and 14 minutes of a battle in front of 2,000 loud spectators in packed “Coliseo Abaeté”, Taubaté defeated Personal Bolívar 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18).
Ricardo Lucarelli of Taubaté and his compatriot Raphael Oliveira from Argentine runners-up Bolívar stood out offensively, while Brazilian side managed to neutralize Cuban Michael Sánchez Bozhulev.
Final match at the South American Championship between Cruzeiro and Taubaté will be a rerun of their pool clash, which was easily won by Cruzeiro. Trophy at the continental tournament secures ticket at the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship.
Final Round / Semifinals
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|Semifinal 1||20. 02. 2016 17:00||Sada Cruzeiro Volei||VS||UPCN San Juan Voley||3:0||25:22; 26:24; 25:16|
|Semifinal 2||20. 02. 2016 19:00||Personal Bolivar||VS||Taubate/Funvic||1:3||23:25; 25:23; 22:25; 18:25|
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