Canada’s Sarah Pavan triumphs in Brazil

 SAO PAULO(Aprl 9 2013) – Canadian national team member Sarah Pavan of Kitchener, Ont., scored a match high 22 points as Unilever (Rio de Janeiro) made a spectacular comeback in Sunday’s Women’s Superliga Final  to win the crown for the eighth time. The Superliga is considered one of the top women’s professional league in the world.

The team from Rio beat out rivals Sollys/Nestlé (SP) 3-2 (22/25, 19/25, 25/20, 25/15, 15/9) in a match that lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes  at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium, in São Paulo.  The match was played before 9,000 + fans and on broadcast on Brazilian national TV.

Unilever went 16-2 in the regular season and undefeated in six playoff matches losing only one set before the championship final.  The squad includes Natalia Zilio, Valeska Menezes, Fabi Oliveira, and volleyball legend Fofao all Olympic champions with Brazil.  The head coach is Bernardo Rezende (aka Bernardinho) the who is also at the helm of Brazil’s men’s national team.

Pavan and Logan Tom of the U.S., were the only foreign members on Unilever.  Pavan, in her first season in the Superliga, was third in league scoring with 325 points.