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Finasa-Osasco win Salonpas Cup gold over Rexona-Ades

Finasa-Osasco are champions of 2008 Salonpas Cup

Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 6, 2008 - Finasa-Osasco held off a resilient Rexona-Ades and prevailed in an all-Brazilian five-set battle for the gold medal in the Women's Salonpas Cup. The Sao Paulo-based team edged the Rio de Janeiro squad 25-18, 27-25, 22-25, 11-25, 15-13 in 2 hours, 4 minutes.

The victory gave Finasa-Osasco its fourth title and first since 2005 in the history of the competition. The team also won the gold in 2001-02, the first two editions. Paula Pequeño and Juliana Castro each contributed 15 points to the victory, while Thaisa Menezes and Natalia Pereira added 13 and 12, respectively.

For Rexona-Ades, Fabiana Claudino had 17 points, Erika Coimbra and Carol Gattaz scored 12 apiece and Joyce Silva had 11.

In the match for the bronze medal, Tandara Caixeta scored 23 points, leading Pinheiros-Mackenzie to a straight-sets victory over Scavolini Pesaro of Italy (25-20, 25-23, 25-22) in 1 hour, 24 minutes. Angela Moraes Faria contributed 10 points to the victory and Katarzyna Skowronska had 14 points for the Italian side.

"Salonpas raises its level with each year, with teams technically well balanced. We felt it in this edition, but we evolved and won the competition," said Finasa-Osasco Head Coach Luizomar Moura.

Rexona-Ades coach Helio Griner said, "It was a very good game and both teams performed well. Anyhow, the outcome is highly positive. We wanted to win, but the main thing is to come out with our duty done. That was our goal."

Pinheiros-Mackenzie Head Coach Paulo Cocco said, "The balance at the end of the tournament is very positive. We played against teams of strong potential and finishing in third place in a tournament like Salonpas is very important and a learning experience for the group."

Scavolini Pesaro Head Coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said, "This is the first time Club Pesaro dispute an international tournament out of Europe and it was very fruitful, considering the excellent level of the games. This edition of Salonpas has been the more balanced of the four I have participated."

Best players of 2008 Salonpas Cup: Best attacker: Bethania de la Cruz (Centro Deportivo Nacional), Best Setter: Carol Albuquerque (Finasa-Osasco), Best Blocker: Fabiana Claudino (Rexona-Ades), Best Digger: Fabiana Berto (Pinheiros-Mackenzie), Best Server: Thaisa Menezes (Finasa-Osasco), Best Receiver: Camila Brait (Finasa-Osasco), Best Player: Fabiana Claudino (Rexona-Ades), Best Coach: Luizomar Moura (Finasa-Osasco).

The complete results of 2008 Salonpas Cup:

Preliminary Phase

27/09 15h00 Pinheiros/Mackenzie (BRA) 0 x 3 Scavolini Pesaro (ITA)
27/09 17h00 Finasa/Osasco (BRA) 3 x 0 CDN Mirador (DOM)

28/09 15h00 Finasa/Osasco (BRA) 3 x 0 Kinder Voleibol (POR)
28/09 17h00 Rexona-Ades (BRA) 3 x 1 Scavolini Pesaro (ITA)

29/09 18h00 Kinder Voleibol (POR) 0 x 3 Scavolini Pesaro (ITA)
29/09 20h00 Rexona-Ades (BRA) 3 x 1 CDN Mirador (DOM)

30/09 18h00 Pinheiros/Mackenzie (BRA) 3 x 0 Kinder Voleibol (POR)
30/09 20h00 Finasa/Osasco (BRA) 0 x 3 Rexona-Ades (BRA)

01/10 18h00 Pinheiros/Mackenzie (BRA) 3 x 2 CDN Mirador (DOM)
01/10 20h00 Finasa/Osasco (BRA) 0 x 3 Scavolini Pesaro (ITA)

02/10 18h00 CDN Mirador (DOM) 3 x 0 Kinder Voleibol (POR)
02/10 20h00 Pinheiros/Mackenzie (BRA) 1 x 3 Rexona-Ades (BRA)

03/10 16h00 CDN Mirador (DOM) 1 x 3 Scavolini Pesaro (ITA)
03/10 18h00 Finasa/Osasco (BRA) 3 x 2 Pinheiros/Mackenzie (BRA)
03/10 20h00 Rexona-Ades (BRA) 3 x 0 Kinder Voleibol (POR)

Semi finals
04/10 15h00 Scavolini/Pesaro (ITA) 1 x 3 Finasa/Osasco (BRA)
04/10 17h00 Rexona-Ades (BRA) 3 x 0 Pinheiros/Mackenzie (BRA)

Bronze Medal Match
05/10 07h00 Scavolini/Pesaro (ITA) 0 x 3 Pinheiros/Mackenzie (BRA)

Gold Medal Match
05/10 10h00 Rexona-Ades (BRA) x Finasa/Osasco (BRA)

More press releases
5/10/2008 Two teams seeking fourth crown in Salonpas Cup
4/10/2008 Semi-finals set in Brazil's Salonpas Cup
3/10/2008 Rexona-Ades claim come-from-behind victory
2/10/2008 Pinheiros Mackenzie edge Dominicans in Salonpas Cup
1/10/2008 Fabiana helps Rexona-Ades stay unbeaten in Salonpas Cup
30/09/2008 Rexona-Ades record second victory at Salonpas Cup
29/09/2008 Rexona-Ades show impressive blocking in Salonpas Cup win
28/09/2008 Brazilians Finasa-Osasco defeat Dominican team

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