Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July 18, 2009 – Already qualified for the Final Round of the FIVB World League 2009, reigning world champion Brazil achieved here Saturday its 10th win in the tournament. The team led by head coach Bernardo Rezende overcame Venezuela by 3-0 (28-26, 25-18 and 25-13) at Mineirinho Gymnasium, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. South American rivals will face each other again here Sunday at 10a.m. (local time) at the same venue.
With the result, Brazil keeps its safe lead in the Pool D of the Intercontinental Round now with 30 points and a 10-1 win record. Venezuela remains in the fourth place, with five points. Finland, second with 21, and Poland, third with 13, complete the group.
Brazilian opposite Leandro Vissoto and middle-blocker Lucas Saatkamp led all scorers with 13 poins each. In the Venezuelan side, opposite Thomas Ereu scored 11 points.
Venezuela had the lead in the beginning of the first set and scored 5-3 with Brazilian wing-spiker Giba making a mistake in receiving. With a powerful spike, opposite Leandro Vissoto tied the match in the 5th point. Venezuelan were better again and had a 13-11 lead when Vissoto spiked out. The advantage increased to 18-15 when middle-blocker Ronald Mendez stopped Brazilian spiker Murilo Endres. Using the same weapon, Rodrigao blocked Ivan Marques and tied the match again: 22-22. In the following play, Sergio showed his outstanding backcourt skills with two amazing defenses before captain Giba spiking to put Brazil in the lead with 23-22. In the end, Lucas Saatkamp blocked Thomas Ereu and closed the set: 28-26.
Brazilian middle-blocker Lucas Saatkamp was the main character of the second partial. With his powerful serve, Brazil did not take a long time to have a 4-2 lead. Spiking, Lucas scored 10-6 to Brazil. Venezuela reacted and reduced the disadvantage to 11-9 with wing-spiker Luis Diaz scoring a serve point. A giant in the net, Lucas Saatkamp scored two block points in a row and gave Brazil a safe lead: 14-9. In the end, Lucas, ever again, spiked to close the partial: 25-18.
In the last set, Venezuela was the first to have a two-point advantage when Ronald Mendez scored a serve point: 3-1. Keeping the same rhythm, Brazil did not have many troubles taking the lead in the first technical timeout with Leandro Vissoto serving. Not giving the Venezuelan many chances, Brazil scored 20-18 with Lucas Saatkamp blocking. Brazilian win was confirmed when Giba blocked to score 25-13.