17. 11. 2018

BRA M: Sada Cruzeiro are ready for the Club World Champs, Le Roux top scorer!

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The reigning champions Sada Cruzeiro have opened the fourth round of the Brazilian men’s Superliga with a victory.


At the home court, the team led by Marcelo Mendez defeated Caramuru Volei in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-20).

Sada Cruzeiro had to play this game yesterday because they have to prepare for the Club World Championship in Poland, that will start later this month.

Kevin Le Roux was the best scorer with 11 points, while Rodriguinho had 10 points, receiving VIVA Volei trophy.

Today, we played a good game and regardless of the opponent. I think we have managed to adjust some things, our serve, our attack, which gives us more confidence for the Club World Championship. Now, it’s all about preparing for the Club World Championship because we will have a very difficult competition,” says Marcelo Mendez.

Brazilian men’s Superliga, round 4:

Sada Cruzeiro – Caramuru Volei 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-20)


Volei Ribeirao – Maringa Volei 20:00 CET

Volei Itapetinininga – Minas 21:00 CET

Funvic/Taubate – Sao Judas Volei 21:30 CET

Sesc RJ – Volei Renata 22:00 CET


SESI SP – Corinthians 00:30 CET



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