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Sada Cruzeiro win third Club World Championship in fine style

 
Betim, Brazil, October 23, 2016 - The FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship had an amazing finale as host team Sada Cruzeiro once again climbed to the top of the world for their third crown at the competition, this time with an unbelievable performance over Zenit Kazan in front of a packed Ginásio Divino Braga in Betim.


Out of the four games played between Cruzeiro and Kazan counting the 2015 and 2016 editions, this was the most astonishing one from the world champions, as they brought the Russian side to their knees with a superb straight-set win, the first time they blank this opponent. 

The crowd in Betim played their role as well, bringing noise and colour to boost the energy of their team. And there’s no better proof of their support than the fact that Cruzeiro have gathered their three world titles at the same Divino Braga gymnasium.

MVP William Arjona and scorers Evandro Guerra and Yoandy Leal were the main actors of a team that played astonishingly as a whole. The three of them represented the gold medal winners in the competition Dream Team, as well as libero Sergio Nogueira. Wing spiker Wilfredo León and middle-blocker Artem Volvich featured for Kazan while Trentino’s Simone Giannelli and Bolívar’s Pablo Crer also joined the elite.


The atmosphere for the final was already heated as Bolívar and Trentino battled for five thrilling sets in the bronze medal match, with the latter ending up triumphant after saving one championship point for their opponents. It was the sixth medal for Trentino, the only team that has claimed more medals in the competition than Cruzeiro, with four gold medals and two bronze.



FIVB Men’s Club World Championship Honours:
1989 - Maxicono Parma (ITA)
1990 - Mediolanum Milan (ITA)
1991 - Il Messaggero Ravenna (ITA)
1992 - Misura Milan (ITA)
2009 - Trentino BetClic (ITA)
2010 - Trentino BetClic (ITA)
2011 - Trentino Diatec (ITA)
2012 - Trentino Diatec (ITA)
2013 - Sada Cruzeiro (BRA)
2014 - Belogorie Belgorod (RUS)
2015 - Sada Cruzeiro (BRA)
2016 - Sada Cruzeiro (BRA)

Overall Statistics - 2016 Edition:

Highest Scorer by Day
16 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on October 18
24 - Nikolay Uchikov of UPCN v Bolívar on October 19
19 - Jan Stokr of Trentino v Bolívar on October 20
17 - Thiago Vanole of Minas Tenis Clube v Bolívar on October 21
16 - Robertlandy Simón of Sada Cruzeiro v Bolívar on October 22
25 - Thomas Edgar of Bolívar v Trentino on October 23

Top Scoring Performances
25 - Thomas Edgar of Bolívar v Trentino on October 23
24 - Nikolay Uchikov of UPCN v Bolívar on October 19
19 - Jan Stokr of Trentino v Bolívar on October 20
19 - Todor Aleksiev of Bolívar v Trentino on October 23
18 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Zenit Kazan on October 20

Top Individual Blocking Performances
5 - Pablo Crer of Bolívar v Trentino on October 23
5 - Pablo Crer of Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21
5 - Pablo Crer of Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
4 - Sebastián Solé of Trentino v Bolívar on October 20
4 - Simone Giannelli of Trentino v Bolívar on October 23

Top Individual Serving Performances
4 - Oleg Antonov of Trentino v Bolívar on October 23
3 - Maxim Mikhaylov of Zenit Kazan v Taichung Bank on October 21
3 - Evandro Guerra of Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 19
3 - Jan Stokr of Trentino v Minas Tenis Clube on October 19
3 - William Arjona of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on October 18

Top Team Blocking Performances
14 - Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21 
13 - Bolívar v Trentino on October 23
12 - Trentino v Bolívar on October 23
10 - Zenit Kazan v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 18
10 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19

Top Team Serving Performances
11 - Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on October 18
9 - Sada Cruzeiro v Bolívar on October 22
8 - Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 19
8 - Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21
8 - Zenit Kazan v Taichung Bank on October 21

Highest Scoring Sets
33-31 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
31-29 - Bolívar v Trentino on October 23
30-28 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
27-25 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
26-24 - Sada Cruzeiro v Zenit Kazan on October 20

Highest Scoring Matches
235 - Trentino v Bolívar on October 23
221 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
185 - Sada Cruzeiro v Zenit Kazan on October 20
180 - Taichung Bank v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 20
178 - Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21

FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Betim 2016 - Teams 

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