Brazil's Jaqueline Carvalho digs against Russia
Beijing, China, August 11, 2008 - Reigning world champion and Athens Games silver winner Russia was soundly beaten by world No. 1 Brazil in its second straight loss in the Women's Volleyball preliminaries of the Beijing Olympic Games here on Monday.
Two days after Italian head coach Giovanni Caprara blamed the negative attitude of the Russian players, they put up no real resistance in the 25-14, 25-14 and 25-16 defeat against the seven-time World Grand Prix champion.
As Russia struggled with its form and mentality, the Brazilian women looked gorgeous in pursuit of their first ever Olympic gold medal.
Fabiana Claudino scored 14 points to lead four Brazilian attackers in double scoring digits.
Brazil's Sheilla Castro scored 11 in Brazil's second straight win. (Xinhua)