02. 04. 2019

BRA W: Minas overcome first-set scare from Osasco, Praia avoid being “cooked” in Bauru

Source: superliga.cbv.com.br; Photo: minastenisclube.com.br

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Itambé Minas survived a scare from Osasco Voleibol Clube/Audax in the first set of their opening 2018/19 Brazilian Women’s Volleyball Championship semifinal duel before taking a 1-0 series lead.


The top seed Minas, also a home team in Game 1 of the Superliga Cimed 2018-2019 playoff semifinals, was surprised by the No.5 Osasco in the first set but dominated in the rest of the game: 3-1 (25-27, 25-15, 25-17, 25-13).

The packed stands at the Arena Minas Tênis Clube in Belo Horizonte (5,000 spectators) saw their team beating Osasco for the fourth time this season in four games and five of their players with double digits. Gabriela Guimarães “Gabi” topped them all with 17 points, including six kill blocks, while Caroline Gattaz “Carol Gattaz” made 79% excellent attack. American Destinee Hooker scored 12 points for Osasco. Peruvian Ángela Leyva made 80% positive reception.

The sixth seed SESI Vôlei Bauru did not manage to upset current Superliga champions Dentil/Praia Clube in front of own crowd in Game 1 of the other semifinal matchup. Actually, they have never beat Praia in the all 12 games that these two rivals have played against each other. Not even this season, in which the SESI franchise joined the club and in which these two faced off five times.

American Nicole Fawcett was the most deserving player in Praia for silencing 2,000 fans in Bauru’s Panela de Pressão hall (the Pressure Cooker in translation) with 18 points (four aces). The most productive player of Bauru this season, Tifanny Abreu, underperformed – only eight points.

Superliga Cimed 2018-2019 playoff best-of-three semifinals – Game 1*:

(6) SESI Vôlei Bauru   - (2) Dentil/Praia Clube 0-3 (15-25, 15-25, 20-25)

(1) Itambé Minas – (5) Osasco Voleibol Clube/Audax 3-1 (25-27, 25-15, 25-17, 25-13)

*Game 2 on April 9, Game 3 on April 13 (if necessary)



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