Tandara’s 20 move Osasco up in the Superliga

The Olympic champion opposite leads her team against Praia Clube

Star opposite Tandara Caixeta had another clutch performance in the 2020-2021 Brazilian Superliga and helped Osasco Sao Cristovao Saude move up in the standings with four matches to go until the end of the regular season.

A London 2012 Olympic champion, the 31-year-old Tandara produced 20 points, including a pair of aces, in Osasco’s 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) home victory against reigning Brazilian Supercup champions Dentil Praia Clube on Friday.

Osasco players celebrate a point during the match (Photo: Osasco Sao Cristovao Saude)

The straight-set win helped the 2012 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship winners leapfrog Praia Clube in the standings. Osasco now have 44 points (15 wins, three losses) while Praia Clube remain on 43 (14 victories and four setbacks).  Itambe Minas lead the pack with 54 (18 wins, one loss).

Besides Tandara, who had a 53% efficiency rate in offence and was awarded as the player of the match, Osasco also had some other remarkable performances from 24-year-old middle blocker Mayany Souza, who scored 14 points, including four in blocks, and star libero Camila Brait.

“It was a great result for us,” Tandara said after the match. “We missed some players but we played as a team and helped each other. I feel things are going our way now, we’re playing better as a team and I’m playing better individually too. The playoffs are coming and it’s important that we’re playing so well right now. We knew this match could put us in second and now it’s in our hands to remain there until the end.”

Fernanda Garay’s performance was one of the few positives in Praia’s frustrating night as the London 2012 outside hitter scored 12 points. Dominican opposite Brayelin Martinez and Brazilian national team middle blocker Ana Carolina da Silva tallied seven points each.

The matchday also featured a matchup involving two of the top teams in the country with SESI Volei Bauru dominating SESC RJ Flamengo to a come-from-behind 3-1 (28-30, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20) victory. Azeri star opposite Polina Rahimova led SESI’s efforts with 19 points, followed by Olympic champion middle blocker Adenizia Ferreira and outside hitter Suelle Oliveira with 16 each.

Opposites Lorenne Teixeira (white) and Polina Rahimova battle in clash between SESC Flamengo and SESI Bauru (Photo: Marcelo Ferrazoli/SESI-SP)

The result pushed SESI ahead of SESC Flamengo in the standings. The Bauru-based side now have 38 points (13 wins, five losses) to rank fourth against their rivals’ 36 (12 victories, six defeats).

Osasco will try to retain their second place on Monday, when they face Brasilia Volei. Praia will have an opportunity to bounce back on Tuesday, against SESI.

Main Photo: Wander Roberto/Inovafoto/CBV

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