BEIJING, 17 August - Brazil dominated Italy in straight sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) at Capital Gymnasium on Sunday to move into the Women's Volleyball quarterfinals as leaders of Pool B.
Brazil scored nine points on blocks to take the first set 25-16. It started as a test of strength and agility but as the game progressed, Brazil shut down Italy's hitters.
Simona GIOLI (ITA) was the only Italian capable of scoring in the second set with her powerful middle attacks and while Taismary AGUERO (ITA) failed to put away her shots, Sheilla CASTRO (BRA) was doing exactly the opposite from the other side of the net.
Serena ORTOLANI (ITA) suffered the same fate on the left side and was replaced by Nadia CENTONI (ITA) after being unable to break the solid Brazilian block.
AGUERO (ITA) finally got one spike into the Brazilian court to put Italy four points behind Brazil 22-18 and Martina GUIGGI (ITA) blocked CASTRO to make it 22-19. But Brazil made two quick blocks for set point and Fabiana CLAUDINO (BRA) hit on the middle to the right side of Italy to make it 25-22.
Italy's defence was more settled at the start of the third set and even when they got blocked, they managed to get the ball back in play for another chance to attack. CENTONI and GIOLI (ITA) kept Italy's offence going but Brazil was unstoppable on offence and unbreakable on defence.
Sheilla CASTRO (BRA) scored the last point on an attack hit that wrapped-up the match at 25-17.