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Fabiana had a solid performance at the net with five blocks (Photo: Paula Reis/Flamengo)

The longest-running rivalry in Brazilian women’s volleyball witnessed another chapter in its history on Friday, with Osasco Sao Cristovao Saude ignoring SESC Flamengo’s home court advantage to secure their second victory in the 2021-2022 Superliga.

The longtime rivals, who have played each other in 11 Superliga finals, met in Rio de Janeiro and despite being on the road, Osasco dominated from start to finish to claim a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-20) victory and remain undefeated in the tournament.

Three former SESC Flamengo players had prominent roles in Osasco’s victory as outside hitter Michelle Pavao was awarded as the match’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after registering a match-high 15 points (14 kills, one block), two-time Olympic champion middle blocker Fabiana Claudino tallied 13 (including five blocks) and setter Josefa Fabiola excelled in running the team’s offense.

“Playing SESC Flamengo is always tough,” Michelle, who faced her twin sister, Monique, in the match, said. “We did a great job in analyzing their game ahead of the match and in following our strategy. We’ve been getting better and better after we won the Paulista Championships and to take all three points on the road, that was really important”.

Osasco’s next opponents, Dentil Praia Clube, also claimed a solid victory ahead of the two clubs meeting on Tuesday. Playing at home, in Uberlandia, the winners of the Mineiro Championship, the Brazilian Supercup and the Club South American Championship this season, downed SESI Volei Bauru 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 17-25, 25-11).

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Praia players celebrate another victory (Photo: Cristiano Andujar/CBV)

Praia’s international stars made the difference as Dominican opposite Brayelin Martinez left the court with a match-high 26 points (24 kills, one block, one ace), her sister and middle blocker Jineiry added ten (seven kills, two aces, one block) and Dutch outside hitter Anne Buijs produced 14 (11 kills, three blocks). American outside hitter Nia Reed scored 18 (15 kills, two blocks, one ace) for Bauru.

“I think the entire team did a great job tonight,” said Brayelin, who took home the match’s MVP award. “The third set wasn’t that good for us but we did well in getting back to our best level in the fourth”.

Besides Osasco and Praia, Itambe Minas and Barueri Volleyball Club also remain undefeated in the Superliga.