Manila, Philippines, October 19, 2016 - Pomi Casalmaggiore fought through two match points to edge Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 18-16) in a thrilling battle on the last match of Day 2 at the 2016 FIVB Women's Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Jovana Stevanovic scored the winning point by blocking Rexona's last charge to help Pomi score their first victory of the tournament. It also dragged Rexona to a 1-1 record.
Pomi, the reigning European champions, who had dropped a three-setter to Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul on the opening day, bucked the huge 29-point explosion of Rexona's Gabi Guimaraes in the first five-set match of the meet.
Both teams fought on even terms but Rexona went to match points at 14-13 and 16-15 and each time Pomi fought back to stun the reigning South American champions.
At 18-16, this was the highest-scoring tie-break in the history of the competition, bettering the 16-14 of Russia's Dinamo Kazan over Brazil's Molico Osasco from 2014 in Zurich. It was also the longest in duration at 22 minutes, bettering the 19 minutes of the Kazan v Osasco tie-break.
Samanta Fabris was best scorer of the winning side with 24, while Lucia Bosetti added 16 for the Italian club. Stevanovic and Lauren Gibbermeyer also contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.Quick links:FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - WebsiteFIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Results & ScheduleFIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Teams