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BRA M: Cruzeiro open finals vs. Sesi by prevailing in cliff-hanger, need one more win to clinch title

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source: superliga.cbv.com.br; Photo: twitter.com/sadacruzeiro

Sada Cruzeiro prevailed against Sesi-SP in Game 1 cliff-hanger in the 2017/18 Brazilian men’s volleyball championship Superliga playoff finals.

Sesi vs. Cruzeiro

Sesi vs. Cruzeiro

The top-seed Sada Cruzeiro prevailed against No.3 Sesi in Game 1 of the 2017/18 Superliga playoff finals, which lasted for two hours and 49 minutes and ended with the tie-break, partially 25-23, 25-27, 26-24, 22-25, 15-12.

The game was held in front of the packed stands (10,019 spectators) at the Ibirapuera gymnasium, which Sesi have chosen to be their home court for the playoff finals instead of their regular ground Vila Leopoldina.

The outcome of the match could have been different knowing the fact that, after trailing 8-4, Sesi were only a point behind in the tie-break (9-8). But, their outside hitter Felipe Fonteles „Lipe“ was blocked twice in a row after which Cruzeiro got themselves a 14-11. Yoandy Leal closed the match with a kill for 15-12.

Evandro Guerra and Leal topped Cruzeiro with 21 points apiece. The Cuban Robertlandy Simón made 4 kill blocks, while Sérgio Nogueira „Serginho“ recorded 84% reception (25 digs, 1 error, 48% excellent). As a team, Cruzeiro had impressive 72% reception. In Sesi, Lipe scored 16 points. Lucas Saatkamp „Lucão“ made 6 kill blocks.

Game 2 is scheduled for May 6 and, according to the rules for this season’s playoff finals, in case Cruzeiro clinch it, they will win their fifth consecutive Superliga title, sixth overall. In case of a tie, the golden set will decide who will take the title.

Just like Sesi, Cruzeiro also changed the home ground for the finals. Instead of Riacho, they will host Sesi in Game 2 at the Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drummond, commonly known as Mineirinho, who has the capacity of 25,000 seats. 


To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our BRA National Championship 2017/2018 / Male / Seniors page. 


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