Sada Cruzeiro Contagem punched their ticket to the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship in Poland after winning the 2017 South American Club Championship title.
Sada Cruzeiro swept their competition, Personal Bolivar, 3-0, (26-24, 25-23, 25-23) in the championship match. This is the clubs fourth continental gold, who completed this years feat without dropping a single set. It also is the first time since Banespa Sao Paulo in 1992 that a team has defended their title at the event.
The champions were led by outside hitter Yoandy Leal, who was named as the tournaments MVP. Leal and Thomas Edgar shared the top-scoring title with 15 points each.
“Winning a title is always good,” said Leal. “We had an excellent campaign in this tournament, we won the title and we also qualified for the Club World Championships in Poland.”
Sada Cruzeiro will join reigning Asian champions Sarmayeh Bank Tehran plus the 2017 European Champions League winners and the 2017 Polish Champions. An additional four teams will join, two of the top-ranked domestic league winners and two wild card options.
Final Ranking 2017:
1. Sada Cruzeiro Contagem (BRA)
2. Personal Bolivar (ARG)
3. UPCN San Juan (ARG)
4. Montes Claros Volei (BRA)
5. Unilever Lima (PER)
6. Bohemios Montevideo (URU)
7. San Martin Cochabamba (BOL)
Dream Team 2017:
MVP: Yoandy Leal (Sada Cruzeiro).
Outside hitters: Yoandy Leal (Sada Cruzeiro) & Rodriguinho (Sada Cruzeiro). Middle blockers: Robertlandy Simon (Sada Cruzeiro) & Pablo Crer (Bolivar). Opposite: Thomas Edgar (Bolivar). Setter: William Arjona (Sada Cruzeiro). Libero: Alexis Gonzales (Bolivar).