F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 01.08.2003

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Brazil leaves for U-18 World Championship

Brazil's Girls' Under-18 team has left their country en route to contest the World championship for this category to be held in the Polish cities of Wloclawek and Pila from August 9-17.
But before the competition, the team, lead by head coach Luizomar de Moura, will go to Italy for a six-day training camp, including a series of friendly matches against the national teams of Italy and China, the current titleholder in this category.
Brazil goes to the championship looking for their second title. They won in 1997, but were second to China in 2001 at the event hosted by Croatia.
"These matches will be important because we will face two other strong teams," Luizomar said. "Italy was runner-up at the European Championship, which was well attended while China is the current Asian champion," he added.
Luizomar said he planned to field Ana, Ver˘nica, Thaissa, AdenÝzia, Fernanda and Regiane as his starting six, and Priscila as libero.
Confident that the team has made a solid campaign ahead of the championship, the head coach said they were on track to reach 100% of their potential at the championship.
"We played 13 friendly games in Europe - against Russia, Poland and Czech Republic - and we won 12," he said. "It was important for us to have a first contact with the European teams before the World Championship and he said his lineup had begun to feel what kind of pressure was involved in playing high level teams.
Brazil is in group D of the competition, with United States, Czech Republic and Belarus, against whom they will open their account on August 9. This will be followed by clashes with the USA on Aug. 10 and against the Czech Republic on Aug. 11.


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