July 23, 2003 - Russia pulled out all their big guns on Wednesday night but it still took them five sets and one hour 44 minutes to blast Brazil off the court in one of the most powerful matches so far in this year's edition of the World Grand Prix.
Russia settled the match 3-2 (25-16, 20-25, 25-17, 21-15 and 15-13) with coach Nikolai Karpol fielding his starting six heavyweights and working them on the court for the entire match. Captain Euvguenia Artamomova powered home a massive 25 points in what was a do or die match for the already once defeated title-holders. Their win still leaves them sitting behind Brazil on the Pool B Table, with equal points but second in sets ratio.
In other action Germany powered home against Japan for a 3-1 (25-13, 17-25, 26-24, 25-21) victory to move them up to second place on the Pool A table and well within range of advancing to the next phase. German captain Angelina Grün contributed 26 points to again be top scorer.
Earlier unbeaten USA beat the Netherlands 3-0 and Korea were at time pushed by a tenacious Canada who they defeated 3-1