Monday, 25 June 2018
Back to FIVB's homepage
RSS RSS l Contact l 

Organiser website

 Press Release
Dutch go down as Brazil clip Flier's wings

Brazil were on top form as they beat the Netherlands in straight sets

Hamamatsu, Japan, October 31, 2010 – An inspired Brazil hammered the Netherlands in a surprisingly one-sided match (25-19, 25-18, 25-14) on the third day of first-round action in Pool B of the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship at the Hamamatsu Arena on Sunday.

Both teams had played five-set thrillers on Saturday, but Brazil seemed much fresher and on top of their game, with snappy attacks and better defence than in their previous matches. The Dutch could not sustain any attacking momentum, and their ace spiker Manon Flier missed serves and spikes after her record-setting performance against Italy a day earlier.

FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 official page

Brazil came out firing on all cylinders in the first set, with Fabiola’s crushing spike taking them to a 10-5 lead. The Netherlands searched in vain for weaknesses in Brazil’s defensive rotation, but even Flier was at a loss and the Dutch fell behind 14-7 after Fabiana put away an easy spike. With his team appearing flat after their brilliant effort on Saturday, Dutch coach Avital Selinger called a timeout at 18-7. But Brazil merely continued with their stunning display, which was punctuated by a backcourt missile from Sheilla. Flier’s right-wing spike at 22-10 sparked something of a rally from the Dutch, and Maret Grothues’ serve caught the line to make it 22-14. Some more close calls gave the Netherlands a glimmer of hope but they finally conceded the first set at 25-19.

Brazil’s excellence continued in the second set and they took a 4-1 lead. Jaqueline dived to retrieve Flier’s deadly backcourt spike, and she then stonewalled another at close quarters to give her team a 7-4 lead. Brazil’s cross-court spikes continued to find holes in the Dutch defence and they stretched their lead to 12-7.  Flier then missed a wide spike and the Dutch couldn’t handle Natalia’s deep spike, as Brazil seemed the fresher of the two teams. Brazil maintained five and six-point leads, Sassa’s slicing serve catching the Dutch sleeping. Flier’s diving effort out of bounds woke her team up, and her serving took them to 22-17, but Brazil won 25-18 for a commanding two-set advantage.

In the third set Fabiana’s excellent play led Brazil to an early 3-1 lead. Chaine Staelens then served very long, giving Brazil a 7-3 lead, and Brazil’s block gave them an imposing 11-3 lead. With fans in the large crowd pounding their drums and chanting “Bra-zil, Bra-zil”, everything seemed to be going the way of the South Americans. Flier even fell backwards and flailed a spike into the net. Flier and young setter Laura Djikema then mis-communicated on an attack, giving Brazil a 15-6 lead, and although the Dutch didn’t give up, with four players chasing a ball out of bounds at one stage, Brazil ran out comfortable enough winners.

After a one-day break, the Netherlands will play Kenya on Tuesday, while Brazil will face Puerto Rico.

Download highresolution

More press releases
8/12/2010 Gamova voted Russian TV's Athlete of the Month
19/11/2010 World champions hosted by Russian President
17/11/2010 Russia President congratulates women's national side following World Champs win
16/11/2010 Russia move up rankings but Brazil stay top
14/11/2010 Russia regain crown, Japan take bronze
13/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 10 - Photo of the Day
13/11/2010 Undefeated Russia and Brazil to play for the 2010 FIVB Women’s title
13/11/2010 Women's World Champs set for thrilling finale
13/11/2010 Referee Rodriguez carries standard for Spain
12/11/2010 China looking to bounce back at Asian Games
12/11/2010 Guidetti wary of Turkey, Italy eye fifth
12/11/2010 Mokry relishing refereeing 'honour'
11/11/2010 All eyes on Tokyo as semifinals loom
11/11/2010 Brazil's Natalia closing on rare hat-trick
10/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 9 - Photo of the Day
10/11/2010 Semis confirmed as US complete quartet
9/11/2010 Italy, US eye semis as second round ends
9/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 8 - Photo of the Day
9/11/2010 Russia, Brazil and Japan confirm progress
8/11/2010 Pressure builds on Day 3 of second round
8/11/2010 Cuba great Ruiz relishing new role
7/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 7 - Photo of the Day
7/11/2010 Make or break as second round enters second day
6/11/2010 FIVB Women's World Championship Day 6 - Photo of the Day
6/11/2010 Russia, Brazil, USA stretch leads as Japan lose
6/11/2010 Peru's Kim faces 'special' date with home country
6/11/2010 Turkey's Ozsoy sets sights on the top
5/11/2010 Pool F hopefuls gearing up in Nagoya
5/11/2010 Japan eye China as 'tough' second round opens
5/11/2010 Stakes set to rise for world's last 16

  Photo gallery