BEIJING, 10 August - Brazil powered past a battling Egypt side in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-18 ) at the Capital Gymnasium on Sunday.
Brazil displayed speed, power and finesse early on as they grabbed a 5-0 lead, with Marcelo ELGARTEN'S creative settings being converted into points by his hitters.
Egypt had only opposite hitter Ahmed ABDEL NAEIM (EGY) as their offensive option and they were struggling against the Brazilian block. It was a well-balanced first set for Brazil as they displayed good offence and defence to comfortably claim the set.
In the second set, Egypt showed more resistance and matched up with Brazil point after point. Saleh YOUSSEF (EGY) rallied his team, making consecutive spikes on the outside.
Brazil, though, heeded the warning and regained the momentum, with Andre HELLER (BRA) scoring big hits on the middle. Andre NASCIMENTO (BRA) hit the final point for Brazil to close out the set.
HELLER continued to be Brazil's go-to player as he scored points on his attacks and in defence at the start of the third set. Bruno REZENDE (BRA) scored an ace to bring Brazil closer to victory at 23-17 and then a Gilberto GODOY FILHO (BRA) block closed the set and match.
GODOY FILHO top scored for Brazil with 12 points while YOUSSEF scored 11 for Egypt.