Taubaté Drops 2-0 Series Lead, Cruzeiro Advances To Superliga’s Finals

  0 Liam Smith | April 22nd, 2018 | Brazilian League, Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball


Sada/Cruzeiro showed Brazilian fans why it is one of the most powerful forces of world volleyball. Being down 2-0 in its 5-games series against EMS Funvic/Taubaté, it managed to win three straight matches to book its ticket to Superliga’s finals.

Cruzeiro started game 5 losing the first set, but behind Robertlandy Simon‘s 18 points on 11/16 (69%) hitting, including 5 blocks and 2 aces, it managed a 3-1 (16/25 25/20 25/18 25/20) win. Wallace Souza had 16 in the losing effort. Cruzeiro hit 58% from the field as a team, while holding Taubaté to a 43% effort.

At the end of the game, Taubaté’s Dante Amaral, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist with Brazil’s national team, talked to fans about his retirement:

“My time has come. I thank everyone in all the teams I played for for everything they done for me. Thanks for supporting me. I also would like to thank my family, my parents, my brothers, and my wife. Thanks for everything. A  movie plays in your head at times like this, but let’s keep life going. My body is asking for retirement. I leave behind many achievements. Defeats too, because you learn from them. I remember leaving my hometown, it feels like it was yesterday. It’s unbelievable. I’m done now, but I am leaving a beautiful legacy for the children. Let them continue playing, practicing some kind of sport. I’ll miss it, no doubt. But there is a moment that your body just body asks you to stop.” – via Globo.com

Cruzeiro will go on to face Sesi at Superliga’s finals. The schedule for the upcoming game has not yet been released. Meanwhile, Cruzeiro posted on its Instagram page this nice video promo of its win:

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A nossa classificação foi incrível! Vamos com tudo para a final da Superliga! Confira um trechinho do material do @cruzeiro sobre a nossa vitória de sábado! __________________ Foi difícil, mas foi lindo e foi épico. Viramos à série melhor de 5 e agora estamos na final. Veja os Bastidores do jogo decisivo no YouTube.com/oficialcruzeiro Parabéns @sadacruzeiro #cruzeiro 🦊🔵⚪️🏐👊🏻

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