Cali, Colombia, August 19, 2017 – Brazil booked their place at the Japan 2018, FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship after they held off a spirited challenge from Colombia at the South American qualifiers on Saturday.
The FIVB World Grand Prix winners Brazil and host nation Colombia met in a winner takes all clash at the Coliseo Evangelista Mora in Cali having previously won all four of their matches.
Jose Roberto Guimaraes' team won 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) to top the standings. Colombia, Peru and Argentina finished second, third and fourth and will now compete in a final World Championship qualifier in Peru in October.
Opposite spiker Tandara Caixeta was named player of the tournament after a performance in which she scored 16 points against Colombia. Natalia Pereira scored 12 points and Rosamaria Montibeller added 10 of her own.
“This South American title was very important for our group,” Tandara said. “We have learned how to handle tough situations and the team is continuing to grow.
“Today we had some difficulties against Colombia, who competed well, but we won the title and reached the World Championship, which was our goal.”
Argentina won their second match of the tournament with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-23) win over Venezuela, while Peru also enjoyed a straight-sets victory, 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-18) over Chile.
Wing spiker - Angela Leyva - PERU
Wing spiker - Natalia Pereira - BRAZIL
Middle blocker - Julieta Lazcano - ARGENTINA
Middle blocker - Carol Silva - BRAZIL
Opposite - Dayana Segovia - COLOMBIA
Setter - Maria Alejandra Marin - COLOMBIA
Libero - Camila Gomez - COLOMBIA
MVP - Tandara Caixeta – BRAZIL