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Volleyball - 10. October 2008.

Brazil, Venezuela qualify for 2009 World Junior Women Championship

Brazil block on way to winning their 15th South American Junior title
Lima, Peru, October 5, 2008 – Brazil and Venezuela, both qualified for the 2009 World Junior Women Championship in Mexico through reaching the South American Junior championship final, played the decider in the Miguel Grau del Callao Coliseum with the green and yellow side claiming their 15th title in the event, winning 3-0 in 71 minutes.

The Brazilians began dominating the action from the first set, thanks to an effective service which ruined Venezuelan possibilities. Ivna Marra, Brazilian captain, commanded her team well and helped them win the first set 25-21 in 28 minutes.

In the second set, the Brazilian block seemed too strong for the Venezuelan attack, and Brazil had no problems to reach 25-15 in 23 minutes.

Beatriz Correa and Isadora Rodriguez led the Brazilian offensive in the last set. When Marianguel Perez, from Venezuela, sent the ball out, Brazil finished 25-18 and their players celebrated on court for 20 minutes.

Playing for third place, Peru overcame Argentina in a thrilling five-set match. Fighting back from a 2-0 disadvantage, Peru won 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-7) after 2 hours, 8 minutes.

Final standings
1. Brazil
2. Venezuela
3. Peru
4. Argentina
5. Colombia
6. Bolivia
7. Chile
8. Uruguay

Best players
Setter: Roberta Ratzke, Brazil
Server: Katherine Meneses, Peru
Reception: Ivna Marra, Brazil
Blocker: Roslandy Acosta, Venezuela
Spiker: Isadora Rodriguez, Brazil
Defender: Maria Roldan, Argentina
Libero: Maria Valero, Venezuela
Best Player: Ivna Marra, Brazil  
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