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Brazil down China in straight sets to reach final
 

Brazil's Jaqueline Carvalho prepares to serve
Beijing, China, August 21, 2008 - A ruthless Brazilian team beat defending champions China in a 3-0 demolition in the semi-finals of the Women's Olympic Volleyball tournament on Thursday.

The world No. 1 team will meet the United States in the final on Saturday.

The Chinese were on form quickly, with spiker Li Juan and Zhou Suhong scoring early points to move the Chinese team 3-0 up in the opening set. Then Brazilian team answered with an excellent back-court attack from Sheilla Castro.

Trailing 5-1 behind, the South Americans found their range, and after a block from Paula Pequeno, Brazil cut the cushion to within one point, 5-4.

To a noisy home crowd, the Chinese team looked tight, making many unforced errors and Brazil took chances to level it at 12-all.

Then, much younger setter Wei Qiuyue came in for an underperforming captain Feng Kun. It worked effectively as Chinese spiker Wang Yimei, Li and middle blocker Zhao Ruirui racked up some fine winners to build up the lead once again.

The second technical timeout came with China in front 16-14, but it was the Brazilians who shrugged off tension to play their game, which helped them beat off two set points and then have two straight points to claim the set at 27-25.

The two teams battled hard in the second set, but the South Americans started to take control. Trailing 6-3 behind, China Head Coach Chen Zhonghe had the 19-year-old Wei replace Feng again but the Chinese were still playing below standard and especially had trouble in blocking and making too many mistakes.

Brazil brought up the second technical timeout ahead at 16-13 while China could never really pose a threat upon the opponents.

After Li and Zhao spiked long twice in a row, Brazil set up a comfortable 24-20 lead and converted on the third set point to take the set at 25-22 thanks to China's Zhou serving to the net.

Coming into the third set, the Chinese lost pace and were in serious trouble, with their defence falling to pieces. Brazil took the set 25-14 and the match. (Xinhua)