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23-02-2014

SOUTH AMERICAN CLUBS CHAMP: UPCN AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, February 23, 2014 - Brazil and Argentina will face each other once more for the title at the final match of the South American Men's Club Championship that will take place in the city of Belo Horizonte this Sunday evening. At the semi-finals Vivo/Minas and UPCN (ARG) faced each other. This time it was not different and UPCN celebrated the victory in a tie breaker, 22-25, 25-22, 32-30, 21-25, 15-12. At the Final Match this Sunday UPCN will face SADA Cruzeiro that overcame Boca Juniors 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-19).

UPCN qualified for the World Clubs Championship as Sada Cruzeiro, the other finalist and World Champion as organizer of competition (to be held next May in Betim, Brazli) and title holder already has its berth for the event. So both finalists, no matter their result on this Sunday final match will be representing South American at the World competition. A huge step for UPCN that on its debut at this competition, two years ago finished in fourth place. It is the first Argentine team to participate of this important Globe event for two editions.

With reference to Sunday match, it is the second time that both teams faced each other at the continental final match: in the season 2012, Sada Cruzeiro won the final match in the competition held in Chile. The champion wins the berth for the World Championship that will take place next May in Betim, also at the Minas Gerais state. Vivo/Minas will face Club Boca Juniors in another classical South American match for the Bronze Medal.

“We played very well today. They were very strong and aggressive serving and that helped us to play well. We could give our utmost rhythm and spike well. It was a good match and I congratulate my team” said the young middle player, Isac of the Brazilian team.

ADO from Chile won the fifth place coached by Daniel Nejamkin overcoming Club Liga Nacional de Peru 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 27-25).

In the first match of the date, Nacional of Uruguay defeated Universidad La Salle from Bolivia 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23). With this victory, Montevideo's team, with most of its main players absent in the competition, finished seventh. For their coach, Eduardo Alberti the goal was to finish fifth but missing his main players the goal was not fulfilled.

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