FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships 2012

Press release

One for the books occurred in Qatar

Fernada Rodrigues of Brazil's Sollys Nestle hit the spike that prompted her team to challenge the referees' call under the rules of video verification

Doha, Qatar, October 14, 2012 – Brazilian Luizomar de Moura found his way into the volleyball record books by becoming the first coach to test the new video verification system as he challenged a call from the referees during the third set of the match between his Sollys Nestle team and Bohai Bank of China on Sunday.

The modern system of video cameras is in use as a test at the FIVB Club World Championships taking place in Doha, Qatar.

“I knew the spike of Fernanda Rodrigues was out of bounds but I wanted to take the chance and of course also make my way into history,” he laughed during the post game press conference. “I think it is going to be good for volleyball.”

The score was 2-0 and 24-19 when Rodrigues hit a cross court spike that would have closed the match. De Moura challenged the call via his team's captain and the referees verified the replay before confirming the decision.

The present regulations for the video verification establish that it can be called upon a team captain's request no later than five seconds after the rally has been finished. So Jaqueline Carvalho, one of the most well known international players and current captain of Sollys Nestle, also has her name in the books - for a reason other than her past feats on the playing court.

Sollys Nestle won the match immediately after, when Thaisa Menezes landed a spike to seal a 3-0 triumph for the South American representative at the women’s event.

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