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Reigning champions Brazil down Serbia

Brazil's Anderson digs
Beijing, China, August 12 - Defending Olympic champion Brazil overcame a sluggish start to beat former Olympic gold medal winner Serbia 3-1 here on Tuesday for its second straight win at the Beijing Games Men's Volleyball preliminaries.

Murilo Endres and Dante each notched 18 points to lead the world No. 1 to the 25-27, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-21 victory while dropping the Europeans to a 0-2 win-loss record in Pool B.

The Brazilians, who had recorded an easy 3-0 win over Egypt on Sunday, looked right on track to triumph in the opening set as a kill and a block of Murilo Endres and a Serbian error pushed them up to 22-19. However, the Sydney Olympic champion steadily pulled it back and beat off two set points for an advantage at 25-24.

Dante came up to smash a ball home and make it 25-all, but Nikola Kovacevic answered with a kill to give Serbia a second set point before Gustavo Endres drove a ball long to surrender the opener.

Brazil, who have swept all the titles in three major international Volleyball tournaments, namely the Olympics, World Championships and World Cup, in the past six years, came back with strong determination in the second set, jumping to a 5-0 lead on back of terrific services of Andre Heller and soon improved to 15-5. The resistant Serbians managed to pull within 23-19, but that's the closest they could go.

Going down tamely in the third set, Serbia struggled to stay within 22-20 in the fourth, but Dante hit the ball home twice to make it 24-20 and Brazil converted on its second match point as Milos Nikic served the ball into the net.

Ivan Miljkovic scored 17 points for Serbia, outblocked 12-7 and managing only one ace, compared with six for Brazil. (Xinhua)