Special Carnivolley Ed. 3.
With only a few rounds before the playoffs, we take a look at how teams are going and what are the chances of qualification.
The best part of the remaining rounds of the 2010/2011 regular season is, arguably, the fight for the last 2 quarter-finals spots. SESI São Paulo, Cimed Florianópolis, Sada Cruzeiro and BMG Montes Claros are already qualified, with VIVO Minas and Pinheiros Sky virtually guaranteed. So, that means only 2 spots remains and there're 5 teams still in contention: Londrina Sercomtel, Vôlei Futuro Araçatuba, Medley Campinas, BMG São Bernardo and Volta Redonda-RJ.
Londrina Sercomtel and Vôlei Futuro Araçatuba are teams that depend only on themselves. Medley Campinas and BMG São Bernardo aren't far behind. Volta Redonda faces the hardest situation. The team from Rio de Janeiro State needs to win all the remaining matches and still, needs a difficult combination of results to stay alive in the competition.
As it stands now, the quarter-finals would be:
SESI-SP x Vôlei Futuro Araçatuba
Cimed Florianópolis x Londrina Sercomtel
Sada Cruzeiro x Pinheiros Sky
BMG Montes Claros x VIVO Minas
Round 12: Vôlei Futuro Araçatuba x Londrina Sercomtel - Thursday, 10/03/2011. 8pm (BRT).
Round 13: Medley Campinas x Londrina Sercomtel - Saturday, 12/03/2011. 5pm (BRT).
Round 13: BMG São Bernardo x Volta Redonda - Saturday, 12/03/2011. 1pm (BRT).
Round 14: BMG São Bernardo x Vôlei Futuro Araçatuba - Tuesday, 15/03/2011. 7pm (BRT).
Round 15: BMG São Bernardo x Medley Campinas - Thursday, 17/03/2011. 9pm (BRT).
With only 4 rounds to the knockout stage, 6 teams already secured their spots in the last-8: Unilever Rio de Janeiro, Sollys Osasco, Pinheiros Mackenzie, Vôlei Futuro Araçatuba, Usiminas Minas and Macaé Sports.
The six remaining teams in the competition still has chance to qualify, but the last 2 spots will be contested basically by 3 teams: Banana Boat Praia Clube Uberlândia, BMG São Bernardo and BMG Mackenzie.
As it stands now, the quarterfinals would be:
Unilever Rio de Janeiro x BMG São Bernardo
Sollys Osasco x Banana Boat Praia Clube Uberlândia
Pinheiros Mackenzie x Macaé Sports
Vôlei Futuro Araçatuba x Usiminas Minas
Round 8: BMG São Bernardo x Brusque - Thursday, 10/03/2011. 6pm (BRT).
Round 10: Banana Boat Praia Clube x BMG São Bernardo - Thursday, 17/03/2011. 7pm (BRT).