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Brazil conquer their 15th South American title

Paula Pequeño block in the final against Peru

Santiago, Chile, 30th September 2007 - It was the match everyone had been waiting for.  Brazil and Peru, the two more powerful sides in the continent, played a world level final, that delighted the crowd of over two thousand people who attended the game in the Víctor Jara stadium.
In 61 minutes, victory and first place went to Brazil (25-20, 25-17, 25-15), who didn’t drop a single set in all the championship. With a solid game in all of its lines, the “Green and yellow” didn’t meet any rivals to match their strength during the tournament.

Brazilian strategist José Roberto Guimarães pointed out the mental attitude with which his players faced each match: “In the beginning of the first set, Peru’s defense worked well. But our serve was superior and we made their reception difficult. It is hard to keep up the concentration in a competition with very different technical levels among the teams, but we have a motivation which is the World Cup in Japan. I am very happy we have kept our hegemony in the region.”.

Enio  Figueiredo, Brazilian coach of Peru’s team, was satisfied for having reached his goal of qualifying for the World Cup: “I’m happy for qualifying, a target was reached, however, I expected the team to have played with more joy in the final. We could have dared more”.

Elected the best player in the tournament, Brazil’s number 4, Paula Pequeno, said her individual prize is the result of a work which was well done by the whole team: "I’m very pleased, apart from winning we didn’t loose any sets ".

In the fight for third place, Venezuela had no problems to overcome Uruguay in comfortable three sets ( 25-9, 25-19 and  25-15) in 53 minutes. The Venezuelans were not challenged to their best but played enough to deserve the third spot at the South American event. The Uruguayan side , despite the defeat, were happy for the fourth place, which went beyond their expectations.

In the city of Rancagua, Argentina upset Colombia in a three set match (25-16, 25-11, 25 19) and finished fifth. Fighting for seventh place, Chile struggled to impose their game against Paraguay in four sets (13-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20). The result took Chile one step higher than the last place in the previous South American Championship played in La Paz, Bolivia, in 2005

Individual awards:
Best líbero: Fabiana de Oliveira (Brazil)
Best receiver: Desiree Glod (Venezuela)
Best setter: Helia Souza, “Fofao” (Brazil)
Best digger: Vanessa Palacios (Peru)
Best server: Waleswska Oliveira (Brazil)
Best blocker: Yulissa Zamudio (Peru)
Best spiker: Sheilla Castro (Brazil)
MVP: Paula Pequeño (Brazil)

Final standings:
1st - Brazil
2nd - Peru
3rd - Venezuela
4th - Uruguay
5th - Argentina
6th Colômbia
7th Chile
8th Paraguay



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