Hamamatsu, Japan, November 2, 2010 – Brazil defeated Puerto Rico in straight sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-20) to remain unbeaten after four Pool B matches in the first round of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship at Hamamatsu Arena on Tuesday.
Brazil dominated the latter parts of the first two sets, with strong serving by Thaisa in particular. Their spikes and tips from the left wing found weaknesses in the Puerto Rican defensive rotation and Puerto Rico, now 1-3, made too many unforced errors to pull off an upset.
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The first set was tight early on, until two failed serves in a row put Puerto Rico 11-9 down. Brazilian spikers Natalia and Sheilla continually pummelled Puerto Rico from the left wing, and Fabi’s fabulous dig gave them a key point to go 19-16 before taking the opening set 25-20.
The second set seemed to mirror the first, with unforced errors and scores tied all the way to 7-7. Puerto Rico were trying everything they could, but after three straight Brazilian points Puerto Rico called a timeout at 10-7. Brazil again attacked through the left wing, but this time with tips dropping over the wall of blockers to go 13-8 and 16-9 ahead. Thaisa’s service winners made it 18-9, and after another great dig by Fabi Brazil won the set 25-18.
Cheered by hundreds of schoolchildren in yellow hats, Brazil cruised to early third-set leads of 6-3 and 9-4. The long reach of Fabiana stopped a number of Puerto Rican spikes, and forced others to go wide, as Brazil led 14-9 and 18-12. Brazil dominated the net en route to a 25-20 win. Brazil will vie to win Pool B when they face Italy on Wednesday, while Puerto Rico will hope to beat the Netherlands for a chance to qualify for the second round.