FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Brazil through to semifinals with Japan victory


Brazil blockers were the decisive power to win Japan in the quarterfinal match

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 2 2013- World No. 2 Brazil beat Asian giants Japan ranked ninth with a well worked victory 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22) in the quarterfinal match of the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Friday.

 Hot favourites Brazil now qualified for the semifinal, while Japan play for the 5 to 8 brackets.

 Brazil improved their total competition win- loss ratio to 5-1, while the overall Japanese dropped to 4-2.

 As usual Brazil provide a new star every match, and this time it was the center Laiza Ferreira who made a marvelous blocking performance gaining 6 points from killing blocks out of her tally of 13 points. She prevented the Japanese to use their dominance in attacks through the center of the net.

 Strong opposite spiker Lorenne Geraldo did also a good job in sending her sharp hits from position 2 beside her blocking role as she won 3 blocks out of e her tally of 10 points.  Japan's captain and opposite Miku Benoki was her team and match scorer with 14 points.

 Gaining a total of 16 blocks against only 6 from the Japanese side was decisive for Brazil to win the match having the advantage of big difference in the height of the players. 

 

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