UPCN join Sada Cruzeiro at FIVB Men's Club World Championship in Betim
Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, February 23, 2014 – It is no exaggeration to say that it was one of the
best and most exciting final matches in the history of the South American volleyball.
"We started the game well, but then we floundered a bit and lost the first set,” said Marcelo Mendez, coach of the Brazil team. “From there, we grew in the match and with our service the team began to show his potential. We rely on the help of our fans, who were the extra player on the court and we reached the title."
Voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Demian Gonzalez from the UPCN congratulated Sada Cruzeiro on their performance.
"To come here and play as equals against Sada Cruzeiro is a very great achievement,” he said. “We made a fantastic start in the final, against a team that has international stars. It's like playing on equal terms against Barcelona or Real Madrid in soccer. The UPCN is to be congratulated for what we showed in the competition and we are very happy to have won a place at the next World Championship,” said Gonzalez.
Hosts of the tournament for the second consecutive year, Vivo Minas finished in third place in the continental competition with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-16) win over Boca Juniors / Rio Uruguay Seguros. For Ricardo Picinin, coach of the Vivo Minas, the team showed progress in the game and showed their determination to rise in the ranks of the Superliga.
* Qualified for 2014 World Cup