The task was not an easy one. Minas came from a campaign with only one defeat in the season and the retrospect was broadly favorable to the team from the capital of Minas Gerais. But Praia Clube went to the main court of the bubble formed in the CT of Saquarema, this Thursday, knowing how to triumph. He had the strategy and the disposition. Pressuring the opponents in the serve and with variations in the attack, the team of Uberlândia won the game 1 of the decision by 3 sets to 1 (partials of 25/21, 25/12, 21/25 and 25/22) and opened advantage in the series best of three games in the Women’s Superliga final.
The teams follow the bubble formed by CBV in the CT of Saquarema and return to the court on Saturday at 21h. If the third and decisive game of the final series is needed, it will be played on Monday, also at 9 pm. SporTV2 broadcasts live.
Following strictly the stipulated strategy of putting pressure on the opponent, only in the first set, Praia Clube managed three direct serve points and four in Minas’ reception errors. In the following partial, with an impressive playing volume, the team from Uberlândia did not make mistakes. Zeroed in errors! Opposite Brayelin Martinez left the court as the top scorer with 22 hits, 20 of which were offensive and 2 of which were blocked.
Praia Clube played a brilliant game, not making mistakes in the second set. Coach Paulo Coco reminded the players: “What do we agree on? Serve pressure and variation in attack.” The pointer Michelle became difficult balls and was elected the best player on the court with the Viva Vôlei Trophy. The opposite Brayelin made the difference in volume. Setter Claudinha stood out in the distribution of the balls, while the pointer and Olympic champion Fernanda Garay managed to balance the pass and was instrumental in the serve.
“This victory belongs to the whole team, we played together. There is nothing to be gained, but the first step has been taken. The whole team is to be congratulated. We demonstrated this the whole championship. I was able to help in the attack and I was happy for that. the whole season and it worked today. “
Michelle, tip of Praia Clube
“It was a defeat that we knew could happen. Praia is a great team. Our game was very marked, we didn’t have all our players doing what they could do on the court. But we know that there is a second game, we believe in the strength of our team and we have to turn the key to chase the result. We hope to seek this victory on Saturday. “
Carol Gattaz, central of Minas
Brayelin Martinez tries to get past the Carol Gattaz block – Photo: Wander Roberto / Inovafoto / CBV
Praia Clube revealed what their strategy would be in the first game action: force the serve. The team from Uberlândia opened 2 to 0 over errors in the reception of Minas. Throughout the set, the Belo Horizonte team had to run to correct the sweeps on the pass. With 7-5 for Praia on the scoreboard, central Jineiry Martinez sprained her left ankle when returning from a block over Sister Brayelin’s foot. She left the court crying and gave Olympic champion Walewska a turn. The tip Kasiely entered the place of Megan to try to balance the game for Minas, but the team from Uberlândia continued forcing the serve and pressing too hard. Michelle was important at the end of the partial. Vibrant, Praia Clube closed the first set in 25 to 21.
The Uberlândia team maintained a strong pace in the second set, with an impressive playing volume. While Brayelin was a security ball for Praia Clube, Minas was without confidence in the attack. Totally destabilized, the Belo Horizonte team missed the ball. Two-time Olympic champion and best Superliga player, Thaisa was slow to score her first point in the game. The Italian Nicola Negro moved the team, reversed positions, but to no avail. Praia Clube got a great advantage and managed to make 25 to 12.
Thaisa was slow to score, but then it was one of the options for Minas’ turn of the ball – Photo: Wander Roberto / Inovafoto / CBV
Minas came back totally different for the third set. With the pass in the hand of lifter Macris, the Belo Horizonte team’s attack started to work. Central Carol Gattaz grew up in the game and became a great option for ball turns. Thaisa was also very active. The team managed to open 7 points of advantage, leaving Praia Clube cornered. The tip and Olympic champion Fernanda Garay went to serve and scored 2 points, but made a mistake in defense and gave the set to Minas: 25 to 21.
Praia Clube seemed to have felt the defeat in the previous partial and entered the court disorganized. Minas did not find it difficult to open 5 points on the scoreboard, and coach Paulo Coco asked for time: “What do we agree on? Serve pressure and variation in attack”. Point by point the Belo Horizonte team’s advantage was being eliminated. The game was very balanced. Blocking and attacking worked in the same proportion for both sides. With the 15 to 15, Minas wasted two attacks out and put the Uberlândia team in a favorable situation. The team from the capital kept the good game of the third set, but Praia did not let the advantage fall. He went on with the deal and secured the victory: 25 to 21.
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