Star opposite Tandara Caixeta seems poised to enter the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in good form after she carried her club Osasco Sao Cristovao Saude to the semifinals of the Brazilian Women’s Superliga on Sunday.
The 32-year-old opposite, a London 2012 Olympic champion, scored 23 points in Osasco’s 3-1 (25-21, 16-21, 25-18, 25-19) home victory against Curitiba Volei which ended the best-of-three quarterfinal series with two wins in the first matches. Tandara is the third-best scorer of the league with a total of 358 points.
Other top performers in Osasco’s victory were middle blocker Ana Beatriz ‘Bia’ Correa, who had 13 points, including five in blocks, and outside hitter Tainara Santos, who scored 12.
National team setter and team captain Roberta Ratzke and libero Camila Brait also had great performances. Middle blocker Camila Paracatu came off the bench to score five points and was selected the player of the match.
“It’s special,” Paracatu commented. “I want to be on the court as much as I can so I try to always be ready for any situation. And I see that in our entire roster, everyone is ready to help regardless of the situation. It’s great that we are in the semifinals and now we’re focused on the next step, which is advancing to the final.”
Curitiba had four players scoring in double digits in middle blocker Lays Freitas (21, including seven blocks), opposite Ivna Colombo (15), and outside hitters Pietra Jukoski (11), the daughter of Barcelona 1992 Olympic champion Paulao, and Milena Miranda (10).
Osasco’s semifinal opponents will come from the matchup involving Dentil Praia Clube and Sao Paulo Barueri. The series between the teams began on Sunday and Praia started ahead, with a 3-2 (25-19, 17-25, 25-14, 23-25, 16-14) with 22 points from Olympic champion outside hitter Fernanda Garay and 17 from Dominican star opposite Brayelin Martinez. The second match will be played on Thursday.
The other two series are also ongoing and SESC RJ Flamengo and Itambe Minas also won their first matches against SESI Volei Bauru and Brasilia Volei, respectively. The second match of those series will take place on Monday and Wednesday.
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