Manila, Philippines, October 23, 2016 - Rexona Sesc Rio de Janeiro mananged to top the 5-8 group of the 2016 FIVB Women's Club World Championship with a 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 25-15, 30-32, 15-7) win over Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on the closing day at the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines capital. It was Rexona's third tie-break in five matches in the tournament.
It was the best that the Rio club could do after crashing out of the medals round following tie-breaks against both of the tournament's finalists.
The Brazilian side could have finished it earlier, had they capitalised on any of their six match balls to end the fourth set, but they were denied when Risa Shinnabe served ace and Yuki Ishii punched through the Rexona block for Hisamitsu to finish it 30-32 on their first chance.
It was the tournament's highest scoring set, as well as the longest at 35 minutes.
The tie-break was a non-event, as Rexona broke away quickly with a wide margin of 8-3 at court switch and never looked back.
Rexona dominated the blocking with a team total of 21 - nine from Juiely Barreto and 7 from Carol Silva - and also served 8 aces to Hisamitsu's 7.
Apart from their strength down the middle, opposite Monique Pavao emerged top scorer of the game with 21 points, closely followed by Juciely on 20. Risa Shinnabe was best scorer of Hisamitsu with 19.
Hisamitsu finished 6th in the final ranking, a spot behing their previous showings of 5th in 2014 and 2015.Quick links:
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Website
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Results & Schedule
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Teams