As predicted, a game marked by beautiful bids, a lot of struggle and balance. And that he reserved for the fans who went to Ginsio do Riacho in Contagem on the night of this Saturday. Cruzeiro, however, was defeated by Taubat by 3 sets to 1, partial of 30/28, 25/19, 22/25 and 26/24, in more than two hours of game, and dropped at a disadvantage in the semifinals of the Super League Masculine.
Cruzeiro and Taubat meet again next Tuesday, at 9.30 pm, at Ginsio do Abaet, in the interior of São Paulo. The third game of the best series of five of the semifinals will be in a week, on Saturday, April 13, at Poliesportivo do Riacho in Contagem. If the team from Vale do Paraba won twice more in a row, to be classified in advance for the decision, against the winner of Sesi-SP and Sesc-RJ – the São Paulo won the first clash, 3-0.
In the match in Count two players stood out, one for each side. The pointer Lucarelli, of Taubat, and the opposite Evandro, of Cruzeiro, finished as the main scorers, 21 hits each. The São Paulo team player was voted best on the court by popular vote on the internet and received Trofu VivaVlei.
As expected, Cruzeiro, second in the qualifying stage, and Taubat – who came in third – fought a battle marked by the balance in the opening of the semifinals. The sets were defined in the details and the draws made the difference. Luco, with three aces, and Lucarelli (two) were the highlights on this ground, complicating the celestial reception in important moments.
On the Cruzeiro side, Sander and Le Roux, with four and three aces, respectively, were the best punters. After a first set balanced, the Cruzeiro deconcentrated and allowed the Taubat open 2 to 0. But the fans were present, supported and the star team sought the reaction in the third. On Wednesday, the hosts attempted to lead to the tie-break at the very last moment. But after an incredible save by Douglas Souza, the visitors passed by and closed the game with a block from Leandro Vissotto.