Leal Leads Cruzeiro To 6th Superliga Title In Front Of 15k Fans

  0 Liam Smith | May 07th, 2018 | Brazilian League, Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball


Game 2 of Superliga’s Finals delivered an amazing volleyball display to fans as a crowd of 15 thousand supporters saw Cruzeiro clinch the title after beating Sesi in a 3-2 (25/16 17/25 25/22 23/25 22/20) war. Yoandy Leal led the way for the champions with 25 points in what was his last game with the club, as he is now leaving for Italy’s Lube Civitanova. Alan Souza and Gustavo Bonnato had 16 points each in the losing effort. Cruzeiro had 46 errors as a team, while Sesi only had 29, proving once again that in modern volleyball, it’s better to make mistakes while serving hard, than trying to play it safe and making the life of your opponent’s passers easier.

Leal was chosen as the competition’s MVP. Here is what he had to say of the game:

“Today was my last game with Cruzeiro, but I’ll keep all games I’ve played here on my heart. Today was the first time I got nervous before a match in my life, maybe because of everything that is happening around me. Now that we won the title, I will organize a nice farewell. Thanks and kisses to everyone.”

Sesi‘s William Arjona, who has won numerous Superliga titles with Cruzeiro, had this to say of the loss:

“I am very happy for having reached the final. This was the most balanced series I have played in years. I am proud of my team’s performance, how we played the game. I hope to be here again, but to win. We only lost by two points. We were only two points away from closing the game, there is no secret formula.”

*All quotes extracted from Globo.com

Both William and Leal were present in the competition’s awards ceremony:

MVP: Yoandy Leal (Cruzeiro)
Finals MVP: Nicolas Uriarte (Cruzeiro)
Best Attacker: Yoandy Leal (Cruzeiro)
Best Server: RobertLandy Simon (Cruzeiro)
Best Setter: William Arjona (Sesi)
Best Blocker: Mauricio Souza (Sesc)
Best Digger: Tiago Brendle (Sesc)
Best Passer: Thaless Hoss (Taubaté)
Highest Scorer: Wallace Souza (Taubaté)

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Hoje o dia está sendo especialmente dele! Último jogo pelo Sada Cruzeiro depois de seis anos, despedida do Brasil, maior pontuador da final (24 pontos) e eleito o melhor jogador da #SuperligaCimed 17/18! É muita emoção pra um Leal só! 🏐💙🥇🏆 Passe pro lado e ouça o discurso de agradecimento deste craque! #voleibol #bbnosesportes #cimedesportes #grupocimed

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Sem palavras para esse vídeo brigado amiga @daniely.leite.35 😭😭

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