May 04, 2003 - The Brazilian men's volleyball team wrapped up their friendly series with the Netherlands with a 3-2 victory in the third and final match in front 3,500 spectators in Eindhoven on Saturday. The World Champions took the first two sets 25-23, 25-18 before coach Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende substituted some of his players, allowing the home side to come back and win the next two sets 25-21, 29-27 and force a fifth set tiebreaker, which Brazil won 18-16.
It was the second Brazilian win of the series having won the second game 3-0. Holland won the first match 3-2.
Brazilian coach Bernardinho was satisfied with the performance of his team but he told the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation not to read too much in to the result considering the time of the season. "We won the first two sets and then Holland reacted well, providing some good opposition. The tiebreak was a good battle. Again we had a good game with a new team. It was important that we could win with a new team, especially in Holland".
Bernardinho was particularly impressed with two players introduced to the Brazilian senior side for the first time. "Leandro Araújo and Samuel had a very good game. They had excellent moments and they showed that they have very good potential. It is clear that they still they have a lot to do, but they have made an excellent start".
Brazil's starting lineup: Maurício, Leandro Araújo, Samuel, Murilo, Henrique and Renato Felizardo. Líbero: Escadinha. Substitutes: Ezinho, André Nascimento and Marcelinho.
Brazil travel to Spain on Sunday for two matches against the home side on Monday and Tuesday all in preparation for the World League, which starts May 23 while Holland head to Belgium for a set of friendly matches starting on Tuesday.
(01.05) - Holland bt Brazil 3-2 (18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 22-25 and 20-18), in 1h58, in Nieuwegein.
(02.05) - Brazil bt Holland 3-0 (25-15, 25-22 and 25-23), in 1h10, in Almere.
(03.05) - Brazil bt Holland 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 27-29 and 18-16), in 1h50, in Eindhoven.