BEIJING, 9 August - Brazil brought in their big guns Marianne STEINBRECHER, Paula PEQUENO and Sheilla CASTRO to beat Algeria in straight sets (25-11, 25-11, 25-10) at the Capital Gymnasium on Saturday.
Brazil started off the first set with two quick points from middle blocker Fabiana CLAUDINO (BRA) for a 2-1 advantage.
Faisa TSABET (ALG) and Lydia OULMOU (ALG) attacked strongly in response, but struggled against the Brazilian block.
Brazil continued to dominate through strong spikes from STEINBRECHER and PEQUENO until a service error by the Algerians gave them the first set.
Brazil was still on target as their hitters scored all over the court and they surged to a 15-10 lead in the second set.
Algeria could not keep up and lost more points through errors. A spike from CLAUDINO (BRA) ended the second set at 25-11.
Brazil brought in new middle Thaisa MENEZES and spiker Jaqueline CARVALHO to replace CLAUDINO and STEINBRECHER in the third set and the move saw Brazil take the first four points.
PEQUENO's powerful attacks continued and Brazil went to the first technical timeout with an 8-1 lead.
The scoring continued after Welissa GONZAGA (BRA) replaced PEQUENO and Brazil surged ahead 21-8.
A service error from the Algerians saw Brazil take the third set 25-10 and the match.