Matra, Italy, July 21, 2003 - Brazil cruised to their first victory in the 2003 World Grand Prix with a straightforward, straight sets win over Thailand in a match that was settled in one hour and nine minutes.
Playing in Matra, Italy, Brazil showed no mercy and gave away few points for a 25-10, 25-17, 25-11 result that was clearly a Volleyball lesson for the young Thai team.
In other early match action, Netherlands delivered a 3-0 smack to Japan in their opening encounter at the Palazzo dello Sport in the southern Italian city of Gioia del Colle.
Right from the start, Brazil, in their match, played a compact game that left the smaller Thai lineup flatfooted and helpless.
"The Brazilians had a strong height advantage over us," said Thailand's captain Patcharee Sangmuang.
Brazilian captain Karin Rodrigues said her team had played at a good level and a confident Brazilian coach Marco Motta said he believed his team could win the title this year.
The Brazilian men's national team has just ten days ago won the World League title in Madrid ,Spain
Valeska Menezes top scored for the match with 13 points scored with deadly accuracy. She won 10 attacks from 11 spikes and added another three block points. Sangmuang top scored for Thailand with nine points.
The Netherlands also delivered a ruthless lesson to Japan, exiting with 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 on the scoreboard in their Pool A match in Gioia del Colle.
Francien Huurman hammered home 17 points for best scorer for the Netherlands, while Miki Sasaki was top scorer for Japan with 14.
Matches continue in Italy at the two venues.