Superliga – Antalya, Turkey will host the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship 2022 from December 14-18. Two Brazilian teams will represent South America in the tournament. Two Brazilian teams, Gerdau Minas and Dentil Praia Clube, will compete in the Turkish resort city with the chance to win the tournament for Brazil for the first time since 2012, when Sollys Nestle Osasco became the third Brazilian team to win the tournament.
It’s not Minas’ first rodeo in the Club World Cup. This will be their fifth appearance in the competition and their fourth in a row. They have made it to the final twice, adding silver medals in 1992 and 2018 to their resume. In 2017, Minas reached the semifinals in Ankara, where they ultimately placed fourth. They won the 2022 CSV South American Club Championship, which made them eligible to compete in this year’s tournament.
Players like opposite Kisy Nascimento, outside hitter Priscila Daroit, and middle blocks Caroline Gattaz and Julia Kudiess, who all played for Brazil in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship this autumn, have returned to Minas for the next season.
This season, the Belo Horizonte club also welcomes back setter Priscila Heldes, outside hitters Luiza Vicente and Priscila Souza Ramos, and middle blockers Thaisa Daher and Rebeca Camille.
Libero Nyeme Nunes, who also plays for the national squad, just transferred to the club from Sesi Volei Bauru. Outside hitter Yonkaira Pena of the Dominican Republic is the lone non-Brazilian in Italian coach Nicola Negro’s Minas lineup. Pena came to Minas from Sesc RJ Flamengo Rio de Janeiro.
Other recruits to Gerdau Minas include playmaker Jackeline Figueredo Pina from Barueri, defensive specialist Larissa Brandao Mendes from Minas Nautico, and libero Larissa Ferreira.
In the meanwhile, Dentil Praia Clube will be making their fourth straight trip at the Club World Championships. Of their three prior appearances, 2018’s fourth-place finish was their best. After losing to Minas in five sets in the South American Club Championship final in May, Uberlandia will be sending a representative to the World Cup as the runner-up from South America.
Dentil Praia are in competition with a squad that is mostly unchanged from the previous year. Only Leticia Hage, a middle blocker, is brand new. Following seven seasons with several clubs, including most recently with Polskie Przetwory Palac Bydgoszcz of Poland, she has decided to rejoin the club.
Anne Buijs of the Netherlands, Brayelin Martinez of the Dominican Republic, and Brayelin’s sister, middle blocker Jineiry Martnez, are the international players on coach Paulo Barros’s roster. The roster also features phenomenal middle Ana Carolina Da Silva and universal striker Tainara Santos, both of whom were on the Brazilian national team that won silver at the World Championships just a few weeks ago.
Setter Claudia Bueno, outside hitter Kasiely Clemente, middle blocker Angelica Malinverno, and libero Suelen Pinto round out a Dentil Praia roster stacked with current and past Brazilian national team players.
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Dentil Praia’s team is rounded out by veterans like wing Ariane Pinto, outside hitter Vanessa Janke, libero Juliana Perdigao, and playmakers Jordane Tolentino and Lyara Batista.
On Saturday, two teams from the Brazilian Superliga, Gerdau Minas and Dentil Praia, met and proceeded to duke it out over the course of five sets. Uberlandia’s visitors avenged a four-set loss in the championship match for the state of Minas Gerais in late October with a 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9) triumph.
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Tainara scored the most points (22), had the most service aces (2), and had the most blocks (1) in the match. Brayelin Martinez contributed 19 points, while Carol had five kill blocks to help the winning team reach 10 points. Kisy led the home side in scoring with 15 points (5 stuffs) and was the top scorer for the game. Adding 13 points each for Minas were Thaisa Daher and Yonkaira Pena.
Dentil Praia are now in first position in the Superliga rankings with 16 points after being undefeated through six matches so far this season. In third place are Gerdau Minas with a 3-2 record and 10 points.
Dentil Praia will compete in Antalya’s Pool A alongside silver medalists Prosecco Doc Imoco Conegliano of Italy and tournament hosts Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul of Türkiye, while Gerdau Minas will play in Antalya’s Pool B alongside Kuanysh Club of Kazakhstan and defending club world champions VakifBank Spor Kulubu of Türkiye.