PRESS RELEASE 01.10.2003


Brazil Defeats USA Women for Second Straight Night

FORT WORTH, Texas, October 1, 2003 For the second consecutive night, Brazil defeated the United States, 3-0, in women's international Volleyball action, in the second game fo four for these two teams as they prepare for the 2003 World Cup in Japan.

Brazil scored a 29-27, 25-19, 25-19 victory, which followed a 26-24, 25-16, 27-25 win on Tuesday.

"Brazil played well at crucial times in the first set and that affected us for the rest of the match," said USA head coach Toshi Yoshida.

"Unfortunately we are now down in the series, 0-2," said opposite Tayyiba Haneef. "But now we realize how much better we need to play and improve to be ready for the World Cup."

"We had a difficult time getting into a rhythm and we had a lot of unforced errors," explained outside hitter Nancy Metcalf. "This series will be a good measure to allow us to work on cutting down on these errors as we prepare for the World Cup."

The United States, ranked No. 2 in the world, and Brazil, ranked No. 6, will both be competing in the 2003 World Cup, the first Olympic qualifier scheduled for Nov. 1-16 in Japan. The top three teams at the World Cup earn automatic bids to the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

"These friendly games are very important to us because the U.S. team has a very good block and their defensive position is amazing," said Brazilian head coach Jose Guimaraes. "Our team is responding to the defensive position, however, we need to practice much more in preparation for the World Cup.

"At the World Cup, we will play against very good blocking teams and defensive teams."

After a training day on Thursday, the tour resumes Friday before concluding on Saturday.