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Castêlo da Maia GC win back-to-back Junior Men's titles in Portugal

Castêlo da Maia GC celebrate winning a second successive Junior Men's title in Portugal
Vila do Conde, Portugal, May 5, 2015 - Castêlo da Maia GC defeated AA São Mamede 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21) to claim back-to-back titles in the Portuguese Junior Men's National Championship.

The boys from Maia first won against AA Espinho 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-18) on Friday, and Leixões SC 3-0 (25-16, 28-16, 25-21) on Saturday.

In the final on Sunday, both
Castêlo da Maia GC and AA São Mamede performed at the highest level, with the score remaining tight throughout the match, for the joy of a packed arena.

Castêlo’s Filip Cveticanin, one of 22 players called to play for the national team, said: "I’m very excited with this victory, I can’t even express well all that I’m feeling right now. We’ve worked hard throughout the season and it’s really good when all the effort pays off."

His coach Victor Pinto shared the sentiment: "It was an exciting match with a tough opponent that we knew would give us a hard time and keep us in focus. In fact, all the matches were very demanding. I’m extremely happy with my players who performed and delivered the game plan very well. We didn’t see ourselves as favourites. We came here to defend the title and that’s what we’ve done. The reason for our success is very hard work and having a group of players who love the game and love their club. That, above all, is what makes us a winning team."

AASM coach
Teodoro Neto said: "We entered the court very anxiously and we were unable to stop their game from the middle, where their best player [Cveticanin] had many chances to make plays. Whenever we were closing in, we failed during crucial plays and eventually that cost us dearly. Castêlo da Maia are worthy victors, although is has been a very disputed contest. I’m proud of my team for reaching the final and for being regional champions this year."

SL Benfica finished third after beating Leixões SC 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-15) in the match for third place, which preceded the final.

Final ranking:
1st Castêlo da Maia Ginásio Clube (Junior National Champion)
2nd Associação Académica de São Mamede
3rd Sport Lisboa e Benfica
4th Leixões Sport Club
5th Associação Académica de Espinho
6th Esmoriz Ginásio Clube
7th Clube Voleibol de Oeiras
8th Clube Kairós


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