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Sada Cruzeiro to battle Lokomotiv for the title

Sada Cruzeiro's captain William Arjona celebrates the cruising victory over UPCN on Saturday
Betim, Brazil, October 19, 2013 – Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro beat Argentina’s UPCN in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-20) to book their ticket in the match for the title of the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship against Russia’s Lokomotiv Novosibirsk on Sunday.

It will be the second consecutive visit of Sada Cruzeiro to the final of the championship as they lost to Trentino Diatec last year in Doha, Qatar in the match for the world supremacy.

Sada Cruzeiro blanked UPCN 7-0 in the aces department and held a 5-2 margin in the blocking charts.

Wallace Souza had a magnificent performance with 20 points, including four aces and one block, while Yoandy Leal contributed 12 points with two blocks and two service winners. Douglas Cordeiro and Eder Carbonara, the middle blockers, chipped in with 7 and 6 points, respectively.

Theo Lopes, Alexandru Olteanu, Jose Santos and Martin Ramos, all finished with 9 points apiece for the defeated side.

UPCN took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO with block by Javier Filardi and the attack by Theo Lopes. Sada Cruzeiro recovered to take a 16-14 margin at the second TTO behind the spikes and block of Yoandy Leal. Then it was time for Wallace Souza to keep the difference. At 24-22, Souza scored with a diagonal shot for the 25-22 score in favor of the home club.

Sada Cruzeiro was in front 8-4 and 16-13 at the technical time-outs of the second set, with Souza producing some impressive serves and the attacks by Douglas Cordeiro down the middle. At 17-15, Souza scored off the UPCN block and Olteanu crashed his spike into the net for a 19-15 score. At 24-18, Souza scored his fourth ace of the match for the 25-18 difference.

UPCN was in front in early going of the third set thanks to the attacks by Jose Santos, Lopes and Alexandru Olteanu but it didn’t take much time for Sada to be in front 8-6 at the first TTO. The home team increased the margin to 16-11 at the second mandatory pause. Souza continued firing cannon shots as the home team widened the margin to 20-14. The set closed 25-20 when the serve by Santos went landed out of bounds.


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