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Brazil win in straight sets again

Brazil captain Helia Souza sets against Serbia
Beijing, China, August 13, 2008 - Seven-time World Grand Prix champion Brazil romped past European runner-up Serbia 3-0 here on Wednesday for its third consecutive straight-sets win at the women's volleyball preliminaries of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Following easy victories over Algeria and Russia, the Brazilians continued to show their dominance in the 25-15, 25-13 and 25-23 sweep of the Serbian women, who stunned the world by winning the bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships.

Going down tamely in the first two sets, Serbia fought hard in the third to cut its early 15-10 deficit to one to pull within 24- 23, only to see Fabiana Claudino jump high in the middle for a solid kill to wind up the match in 67 minutes.

Sheilla Castro led Brazil with 15 points and Paula Pequeno had six blocks to add 13 for the South Americans.

The Brazilians, who have never won a gold medal in the "Big Three" tournaments, namely Olympics, World Championships and World Cup, were in a very good position to finish top of preliminary pool B with one more tough match to play against Italy on Sunday.

Twelve teams are competing in two preliminary groups with top four finishers from each group to qualify for the quarter-finals.