Brazil book place in World Cup with South American Championship win
The world No.1 will now move on to the World Cup, set to be held in Japan from November 20 to December 4, with the hope of finishing in the top three and thus earning a berth to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Venezuela beat Paraguay 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18) to completed the podium ahead of Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, respectively.
Wing spikers Dante Amaral, of Brazil, and Facundo Conte, of Argentina, both topped the scores with 16 points each in the final match of the competition.
Brazil star Dante, who was named best spiker at the competition, said that Brazil put on a good performance and were keen to bounce back following their loss at the FIVB Volleyball World League earlier on this year.
“We served well today," he said. “It always good to beat Argentina. We have a great rivalry and we were playing at home”.
Brazilian libero Sergio Santos won four individuals awards, including MVP, best receiver, best digger and the best libero. “We are very happy but the most important thing of this win is our classification for the FIVB World Cup,” Santos said of the win.
MVP – Sergio Santos (Brazil)
Best digger – Sergio Santos (Brazil)
Best receiver – Sergio Santos (Brazil)
Best setter – Luciano De Cecco (Argentina)
Best spiker – Dante Amaral (Brazil)
Best server – Kervin Pinerua (Venezuela)
Best blocker – Sebastian Sole (Argentina)
1st – Brazil
2nd – Argentina
3rd – Venezuela
4th – Colombia
5th – Chile
6th – Paraguay
7th – Uruguay