wins titanic battle to go clear in Pool B
Greece, August 17, 2004 – World champions Brazil had to
call on all their skill and power to finally overcome
world number two Italy in a sensational marathon five
set match 3-2 (25-21, 15-25, 25-16, 21-25, 33-31) in the
final game of Day Two in the men’s Volleyball
competition at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on
The clash, which lasted 129 minutes, had the crowd of
6,500 standing to applaud every play as the two best
ranked teams in the world traded blow after blow in a
spine tingling display of men’s Volleyball at its best.
Many of the Volleyball fans who dined on this feast of
quality play walked away thinking, can this champion
Brazilian team ever be beaten?
Italy gave it their best shot but the World League and
World Cup title holders, whose last loss in an FIVB
international event was in the 2003 World League, walked
away with their second win of the Olympic tournament to
become the sole leaders at the top of Pool B with two
wins from two.
Four teams – Russia, the Netherlands, USA and Italy –
sit in second place with one win. Earlier, USA handed
the Netherlands a Volleyball lesson with a straight sets
(26-24, 25-20, 25-18) win while winless Australia
provided only pockets of resistance against 2000 Olympic
silver medalists Russia in a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-23)
Meanwhile in Pool A, Greece’s Olympic dream continues
with a four set win over Poland. After dropping the
first set 21-25 the home team stormed back, to the great
pleasure of the packed crowd, to claim the next three
sets 25-18, 25-21 and 25-20.
They are unbeaten at the top of the pool along with
Argentina, who had to fend off a breathtaking
performance from Tunisia in the first match of the day.
After claiming the first set, Argentina let Tunisia
sneak the second and fourth sets in an exhilarating
encounter which finally finished 25-20, 23-25, 25-16,
In the other Pool A result world championship bronze
medalists France suffered their second successive defeat
after losing to Sydney Olympic champions Serbia and
Montenegro in straight sets (25-21, 30-28, 25-22).
The third day of the women’s competition resumes on
Wednesday starting with a Norceca clash between the
Dominican Republic and USA at 09:00. The other women’s
matches see Korea play Kenya, Cuba take on China, Greece
host Japan, Germany take on Russia and the last match of
the day sees World Grand Prix champions Brazil play
Italy in a repeat of the 2004 World Grand Prix final.
beat Poland to lead Pool A
ATHENS, 17 August - Greece overcame a slow start to turn
things around and sail to a four-set win over Poland,
3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20) at the Peace and
Friendship Stadium on Tuesday.
States hand the Netherlands first defeat
17 August - The United States sailed to their first win
in the tournament beating the Netherlands in
straight-sets, 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-18) at the Peace
and Friendship Stadium on Tuesday.
shuts out Australia
17 August - Russia rebounded from their defeat to Poland
on Sunday to claim their first win of the men's Olympic
Volleyball tournament with a straight-sets over
Australia at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, 3-0
(25-17, 26-14, 25-23).
& Montenegro skips past France
17 August - Defending Olympic champions Serbia and
Montenegro rebounded from their opening round
shock-defeat to Poland by beating France in
straight-sets, 3-0 (25-21, 30-28, 25-22) at the Peace
and Friendship Stadium on Tuesday.
Argentina holds on to beat Tunisia in timebreaker
17 August - Argentina resisted a surprisingly strong
challenge from Tunisia to win a fantastic five-set
encounter 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 22-25, 15-10) at the
Peace and Friendship Stadium on Tuesday.