Leal keeps world champs on perfect record in Brazil league


Filipe Ferraz on the attack at Castro for Sada Cruzeiro in the Brazilian Superleague.

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 13, 2016 - Sada Cruzeiro of Contagem scored their second straight-set win in the Brazilian men's Superleague Sunday evening after returning to domestic duties as holders of the 2016 FIVB Club World Championship title. This leaves the defending champions one of three undefeated teams (together with Brasil Kirin and Funvic Taubate), though Sada are the only ones with an absolutely perfect record that gives them full points.

Yoandy Leal, Sada Cruzeiro's Cuban-born outside hitter, provided an outstanding performance with 6 aces and 4 blocks for a top-scoring total of 16 points and was named MVP of the game as Sada crushed Caramuru of Castro in the state of Parana 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22).

"We played very well and we met our goal to get the three points out of here," said Leal after the game. "Now it's a bit of a rest for us because we're already in Maringa on Tuesday," he added, referring to his team's next game against Copel Telecom Maringa.

Sada Cruzeiro do not get to play their first game at home after winning the world title in Betim until 26 November, when the host Brazil's other entrant at the Club Worlds, Minas Tenis Clube of Belo Horizonte for Round 6 of the Superleague.

Zenit break away in Russia
In Russia, meanwhile, FIVB World Championship silver medallists Zenit Kazan retain a four-point lead at the top of the Superleague standings after their latest win at Novy Urnegoy over Fakel 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17).

USA's Matt Anderson and Maksim Mikhaylov combined with 13 and 12 points respectively as the team sprints towards towards their fourth straght title and eighth in the last nine seasons.

Van de Voorde powers Trentino in Italy
Four thousand fans packed the Palatrento Sunday night to see Belgium's Simon Van de Voorde power Betim bronze medallists and four-time world champions Diatec Trentino to a huge win 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20) over Cucine Lube Civitanova. The win leaves Trentino as the only undefeated team in the Italian UinpolSai Superleague.

Van de Voorde had an amazing 11 kills in 12 swings for 92%, as he emerged top scorer of the game with 13 points.

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