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Brazil beat Japan in final warm-up match

Brazil libero Fabi said the game against Japan was an opportunity to put into practice the team's work on the training ground

Tokyo, Japan, October 26, 2010 – Brazil defeated Japan 3-0 at the Olympic Stadium on Monday as they rounded off in style their preparations for the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship being staged in the Asian country from October 29 to November 14.

Jose Roberto Guimaraes's side, crowned FIVB World Grand Prix champions in Tokyo last year, made a winning return to Japan's capital city at their hosts' expense – to signal their intent to succeed once more on Japanese soil.

"The team performed well and showed an improvement in their defensive work," Ze Roberto said after a match dominated by 18 points from opposite Sheilla Castro in a 25-22, 25-20, 25-14 Brazilian success. "Facing Japan is always a good test in terms of speed and the pace of the game. It's the kind of match where you have to be focused all the time."

Brazil libero Fabiana de Oliveira echoed her coach's sentiments after a satisfying warm-up ahead of Friday's opening game against Kenya in Hamamatsu. "Playing a team like Japan on the eve of a major championship is always interesting," she said. "We managed to put into practice some things we do in training. It was good but we know it can be even better."

Brazil, drawn in Pool B, will also take on the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico and 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup winners Italy in the 1st round.

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