Osasco, Brazil, February 4, 2014 – Eight South American teams will compete for a place in FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships, during the 14th edition of the South American Club Women’s Championship on Wednesday.
Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Paraguay will battle in the weeklong competition at Gym José Liberatti through Sunday.
The teams are divided into two groups of four, with Group A consisting of MOLICO/Osasco, Boca Juniors (Argentina), the Metropolitan Asuncion (Paraguay) and the San Francisco Xavier (Bolivia). Group B is comprised of SESI-SP, ADO (Chile), Club National League Peru and Universidad Politecnica.
Home team MOLICO/Osasco, 2009-2012 South American Champions, will be focused on success with captain Sheilla Castro at the helm.
“The tournament very important, and MOLICO/Osasco is very focused on winning,” Castro said. “The Club World Cup is our goal from the beginning of the season and the South American Championship is essential to reach this dream. It is one of the titles we want most because it is worth a spot in the Club World Cup. We really want to return to the tournament we won in 2012.”
SESI-SP, the main rivals of the home team, earned the right to compete in the South American Women's Club Championship by winning silver at the Brazil Cup – second to MOLICO/Osasco. It is the first time the women's team made ??the SESI dispute an international tournament.
"It is unprecedented for the women's team SESI-SP competition, and we are very excited about the opportunity,” said coach Talmo Oliveira. “We don’t know much about the rival teams, but we know that the Chilean and Peruvian teams deserve attention. Our idea is to get to the final and win the title, it would be historic for the SESI-SP.”
Shiamara Almeida, setter from Club National League Peru, said she is happy for the opportunity to compete in the South American Club Women's Championship and face the Brazilian teams.
"We are training for this season with some girls who were not on the team in the last tournament,” she said. “We are very excited to travel to Brazil and compete in the South American Championship Club because we know we will face very experienced teams. We know the Brazilian teams are favorites because they have players who are Olympic champions, but this is also a special motivation for us.”
Unilever, which is not competing, holds the current title.
The FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships is scheduled from May 6-11 in Zurich, Switzerland.
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