Rexona stumble and rebound in Brazil Superleague


Dani Lins in a one-handed set to Ana Beatriz Correa as Volei Nestle Osasco hand Rexona-Sesc Rio de Janeiro their first defeat of the season in the Brazilian Superleague.

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 17, 2016 - Reigning Brazil and South America champions Rexona-Sesc Rio de Janeiro suffered their first defeat of the season, but quickly picked up the pieces and rebounded with a win in midweek action in the Brazilian women's Superleague.

After eight straight wins this season, the Rio de Janeiro side stumbled on the ninth hurdle, falling in five sets after leading twice, 3-2 (23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13) to Volei Nestle of Osasco before 2,500 fans in a packed Jose Liberatti. The amazing 32 points and 54% attacking efficiency of Tandara Caixeta, the game's MVP, were no match for Gabi Guimaraes' 19 (34%).

But Rexona, who had finished 5th at the 2016 FIVB Club World Championship a couple of months ago in Manila after dropping tie-breaks to both the eventual gold and silver medallists, quickly rebounded in the Superlague two days later when they edged Camponesa Minas 3-1 (25-22, 27-25, 17-25, 25-20) at Belo Horizonte.

This time Juciely Baretto scored 23 points (17/28 for 61% in attacking down the middle and 6 blocks) to emerge MVP of the game. She was assisted by 20 points from opposite Monique Pavao, while the home team relied on 21 points each from Rosamaria Montibeller and USA's Destinee Hooker.

The results keep Rio firmly at the top of the standings with a 9-1 record and 28 points from ten matches, followed by Osasco on 8-2 and 24 points.

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