With 16 points, Yoandy Leal was the most prolific player on Cruzeiro's first win in Betim
Betim, Brazil, October 18, 2016 - In less than one hour of play, FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship defending champions Sada Cruzeiro made the crowd go wild as they breezed past Taichunk Bank 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-13), closing Day 1 action in Betim.
Cuban-born Leal completed an awesome game with 16 points, 13 of them scored only in the first two sets and ending with an astonishing 80 per cent on spiking ratio. Opposite Evandro Guerra trailed with 11 points, while no player in Taichung Bank reached double numbers in the game.
Although Asian champions showed some sparks of talent, it was simply too much for them as Cruzeiro was unstoppable from the service line, with an 11-1 lead that made things extremely difficult for Taichung Bank. The score of 25-10 in the first set was a sign of what was about to come.
Huang Chien-Feng proved to be a valuable substitution for the Chinese Taipei side, but it was just enough to narrow down the numbers to a 25-16. The final chapter extended the lead from Cruzeiro, with youngster Rodriguinho doing well, chipping in for the victory, for the joy of local fans.
FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Betim 2016 - Teams