Club World Championships review - Trentino unstoppable
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 28, 2012 - As part of an end-of-year review series, the FIVB takes a look back at the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships in 2012 where Trentino and Sollys Osasco were victorious.
Perhaps backing them not to win the Championship would have been the wiser move. Trentino failed to defend their Italian League title in 2012 and weren’t in the best of form coming into the Club World Championship, but once again – even as a wild card – they found the reserves necessary to become champions of the world.
After taking a silver and bronze in the previous editions of the women’s event, Solly’s Nestle Osasco finally made it to the top for their first World crown, following a dominating 3-0 win over defending champions Rabita Baku of Azerbaijan in the final.Solly’s Sheilla Castro was the MVP and highest scorer, while three other Brazilian players took individual honours: Thaisa Menezes (Best Spiker), Jaqueline Carvalho (Best Receiver) and Camila Brait (Best Libero). Solly’s provided the top three spikers in the tournament (Thaisa, Fernanda Rodrigues and Castro), with Jaqueline fifth.
Solly’s dropped just one set in the tournament, to Rabita in the Preliminary Round. Captain Jaqueline Carvalho described her team’s performance as “almost perfect.”
“We didn’t think this would be easy,” Jaqueline stated. “Our opponents played really well. We were up against a great team with a great coach, but we played really well.”
There was added interest in the tournament with the introduction of a video review system, similar to those employed in tennis. Sada Cruizeiro was the first team to make a challenge – on a spike by Fernanda Rodrigues. They were overruled, but Sada coach Luizomar de Moura was not unhappy.
“I knew the spike of Fernanda was out of bounds, but I wanted to take the chance and, of course, also make my way into history,” he said afterwards, adding, “I think this is going to be good for volleyball.”
More of the same next year, although the dates will change from the customary October period to May 12-19.