Beijing, August 18, 2008 - Brazil ripped apart Germany's quarter-finals hopes, beating them in straight sets (25-22, 25-21, 25-23) on the last day of preliminary round in a men's volleyball Pool B match at the BIT Gymnasium on Monday.
Marcelo Elgarten (BRA) had an easy time distributing balls to his on-form Brazilian hitters while Gilberto Godoy Filho (BRA) and dante Amaral (BRA) were doing excellent attacking and blocking.
The Germans responded with quick offense but their numerous service errors proved costly.
Setter Simon Tischer (GER) led Germany to fight back in the first half of the second set but Rodrigao's outstanding spikes widened Brazil's lead. the Germans struggled on their blocking and ball-handling and service errors continued to flow.
Libero Sergio of Brazil cleared the barrier to save an off-court ball, landing hard and injuring his nose but he returned to the court and continued playing.
Germany reduced their service errors and got out to a two-point lead early in the third set but Brazil captain Giba's back-court spike leveled the score at 13-13 and from then on the Brazilians never looked back.
A net violation by Germany ended the set 25-23 to seal the match.