(BRA) Transgender Player Tifanny Breaks Superliga Scoring Record

  0 Liam Smith | January 31st, 2018 | Brazilian League, Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball


Tifanny Abreu shocked the volleyball world this Tuesday by breaking Superliga’s single game scoring record by netting 39 points on Vôlei Bauru‘s 17th round match-up against Dentil Praia Clube/Uberlândia. Along the way, her Bauru team almost pulled off an upset against still-unbeaten Praia, but at the end fell 3-2 (20/25 14/25 25/17 25/18 13/15).

Tifanny’s 39-point-night came at 33/75 (44%) hitting, including 6 blocks. The old record of 37 points belonged to Brazilian national teamer Tandara Caixeta, achieved in 2013. Tifanny’s performance is made even more impressive when taken into consideration she did it against an unbeaten squad with three Olympic gold medalists in it: Fabiana Claudino, Fernanda Garay, and Waleska Menezes.

Tifanny caught the attention of volleyball fans all around the world this season when she became the first trans volleyball player to participate in the Brazilian Superliga. The fact has been met with both praise and defamatory remarks by fans and the media alike, and her record breaking performance only added fuel to the fire already going on on social media, as Brazilian volleyball legend Ana Paula Henkel was one of the many who voiced her opinion on Tifanny’s record setting night:

“We have applauded the IOC and its policies in favor of fair sports in the past. Now women who have honored these same anti-doping policies for decades, who have been clean in countless tests since the age of 16, have to watch a biological man break their records.”

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