The clash that ended the third round of the return of Ladies Superleague 10/11 had Caribbean accent, since were face to face the two Cubans who play in the competition. Herrera, outside hitter of Usiminas / Minas (MG), won the challenge against compatriot Daymi Ramirez, from Banana Boat / Praia Clube (MG). On Monday (14.02), the home-team won by 3 sets to 0 (25/17, 25/23 and 25/16), at Arena VIVO in Belo Horizonte.
The Cubans were the highlights of the match. Herrera noted 19 points, the same number of hits of the American Nicole Fawcett. Daymi, with 12 points, was the highlight from Banana Boat / Praia Clube. Herrera scored all 19 points in the attack and Daymi scored 12 hits in the attack and one in block.
With the victory, Usiminas / Minas took fifth place in the standings of the Superleague with 24 points in 14 games - 10 wins and four defeats. Already the Banana Boat / Praia Clube campaign is inverse, with four wins and 10 negative results. The team of Uberlândia occupies ninth place with 18 points, and follows in the fight to stay in the top eight who will move into the quarter-finals.
The next opponent of the Usiminas / Minas is the leader Unilever (RJ). The match will be played on THURSDAY (17:02) in the Gymnasium of Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, starting at 19.45. The team led by coach Bernardinho will receive a reinforcement of the outside hitter Marianne "Mari" Steinbrecher, which should be related among the 12 athletes who will be in the game. Five months ago, the Olympic champion underwent surgery for correction of complete rupture of anterior cruciate ligament from her right knee and since then was in recovery.
Usiminas Minas 3 x 0 Banana Boat Praia Clube Uberlândia
(25/17, 25/23 and 25/16)
Matchday: February 14, 2011
Arena: VIVO, Belo Horizonte (MG)
Game Time: 81m
Top scorer: Nicole Fawcett (Usiminas) - 19 pts
VivaVôlei Trophy: Silvana (Usiminas)
USIMINAS/MINAS – Claudinha, Nicole Fawcett, Herrera, Michelle, Renata and Natasha.
Replacements – Sophia and Silvana
Head Coach– Jarbas Soares
BANANA BOAT/PRAIA CLUBE – Ana Maria, Fernanda, Daymi, Sara, Angélica and Bia. Líbero – Nine.
Replacements – Elyara, Paula, Ananda, Nicole and Fernanda
Head Coach– Boni
Complete Match Stats: HERE [in Portuguese]
Source: CBV [in Portuguese]