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05.09.2007 -  08.09.2007

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SWATCH FIVB Junior World Championships: Brazil wins gold

Modena, Italy, September 09, 2007 - The Women’s SWATCH FIVB Junior World Championship 2007 title went to Brazilians Lili-Seixas: for Barbara Seixas is her second Junior World title after 2006.
In the sunny conditions, the Brasil’s consistent serve, good ball control and high level of tactics helped them defeat Australia’s Palmer-Rohkamper 2-1 (25-27, 21-17, 15-7).

"I'm extremely happy! In the final, we played very good," said Barbara Seixas, "and  we won the gold medal. The Australian team played also a tough match. This result is somewhat surprising because this year I changed my partner. All the games have been very difficult and the final match has been really hard. We have improved match by match and we have fixed out team play very well during the games."

On the other side, Lili Simoes Maestrini continued: "It was my only opportunity and I reached the victory, so I'm really glad. It's fantastic."

Sad, with tears in her eyes, the young Becchara Palmer commented briefly: "We are happy for the results but we are disappointed to have lost the gold medal... What a pity!"

In the bronze medal match, Van Iersel and Wesselink defeated Liliana-Baquerizo 21-16 21-19 in 43 minutes. Spanish had many problems in reception and digs, while the Dutch played a very good game. "After yesterday result" said Marleen Van Iersel "we wanted to win a bronze medal. We hoped to do better than last year, but it wasn't possible". "Yesterday, I cried and cried because I was very sad about the result" continued Marloes Wesselink. "We really wanted to play for the gold medal."

"This season has ended and therefore we now want to prepare for the Senior European Championship" said Liliana Steiner (SPA).

SWATCH MVP: Barbara Seixas (BRA)

Finals Results
3rd - 4th places: Van Iersel and Wesselink (NED) vs. Liliana-Baquerizo (SPA) 2 – 0
1st - 2nd places: Lili-Seixas(BRA) vs. Palmer-Rohkamper (AUS) 2 – 1

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