Ticket for Kobe 2017 up for grabs as South American clubs vie for title


Gabi Guimaraes of Rio de Janeiro attacks before Maria Giorgi and Micaela Fabiani of Villa Dora Santa Fe in last year's South American Club Championship.

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 13, 2017 - Rexona-SESC Rio de Janeiro embark on their quest Tuesday for their third straight and fourth overall South American Women's Club Championship title and a direct ticket to the 2017 FIVB Club World Championship in Kobe, 8-14 May.

Six teams divided into two pools of three, will vie for the continental trophy in the five-day competition in Uberaba and Uberlandia. The top two of each pool continue with crosswise semifinals, before next Saturday's final.

The winners of the South American Club Championship will join hosts Hisamitsu Springs of Kobe and reigning Asian Champions NEC Red Rockets of Kawasaki in the Club Worlds in May. The 2017 European Champions League winners will also receive a direct ticket before the full roster is completed with the addition of four wild cards.

Closing day of the 2016 South American Club Championship in La Plata.

Rexona, the reigning Brazilian champions and current leaders of the Superleague, head Pool B in Uberaba, with Argentina's Boca Juniors and last year's runners-up University of San Martin de Porres of Peru.

Pool A in Uberlandia features a second Brazilian entry of Dentil Praia Clube, currently second in the Superleague, together with Argentina's Villa Dora of Santa Fe and Bolivia's Club Olympic of Cochabamba.

Brazilian sides have not lost a gold medal in the competition since Deportivo Power of Peru beat Supergasbras of Rio in the 1988 final in Asuncion. If Rexona get the ticket to Kobe, they will be making their fourth apperance in the Club World Championship, after a silver medal in 2013 in Doha, followed by 4th place in 2015 in Zurich and 5th last year in Manila.

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