Taubate take first prize of 2017 in Brazil in star-studded final


Lausanne, Switzerland, January 22, 2017 – Funvic Taubate claimed the first title of the year in Brazil, when they thrashed Sesi Sao Paulo 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 30-28) in the final of the men’s Banco do Brasil Cup this weekend in Campinas. It was the second cup title in their history, after that of 2015.”We played two great games, in the semifinals and in the final,” said Eder Carbonera, one of the many participating Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists to thrill the crowd, after the game. “It was practically perfect, and everyone is to be congratulated!”Rio 2016 MVP Serginho tried to rouse the Sesi fans in the third set with some nifty defending, but Taubate held on to survive three set balls and finish the game with an ace by Otavio Pinto, as Sesi paid dearly for their 18 unforced errors.”I tried to forget everything that was happening and the score and I focused on that moment to deliver a good serve,” said the Taubate middle blocker after scoring the winning point.A couple of days earlier defending cup holders and reigning Brazil, South America and FIVB club world champions Sada Cruzeiro had crashed out of the competition after an incredible edge-of-seat semifinal in which they blew a two-set lead to fall 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 17-15) to Sesi Sao Paulo and see …

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