2003 FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX

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Brazil

Brazilian volleyball, just like its culture and lifestyle, is full of passion and flavor and it is these qualities the women's national side will be counting on for an improved performance in this year's World Grand Prix.

Brazil, ranked seventh in the world, are currently going through a rebuilding phase and with that, they have attracted a lot of off court pressure as the team looks to return to its glory days of the 1990s, when Brazil won three World Grand Prix titles in six years.

Since then they have drifted off the pace a little, returning from the World Grand Prix with fourth, fifth and third place finishes in the last three years.

This year Brazilian coach Marco Motta will be looking to put some of the highly charge off court energy into a form, which will see his team triumph again. Last year's World Championship placing of seventh was extremely disappointing but the signs are there that this current side have the goods to return to the winner's podium. "We are working hard with a team, that is growing more mature and motivated every day," coach Motta said.

The fact that three Brazilan players (Valeska Menezes - Best Blocker, Fabiana Oliveira - Best Libero, Marcelle Rodrigues - Best Setter) picked up individual awards at last year's World Grand Prix, when Brazil finished fourth, is a reflection of the talent that this side possesses.

Twenty-seven-year-old Marcelle Rodrigues, the sister of star skipper Karin, has developed in to being a key component in this Brazilian show. She drives the machine that makes this team so lethal with her delicate, yet precise sets. Her outstanding work as the play maker in this team was rewarded with the Best Setter award at the 2002 World Championship and World Grand Prix.

No doubt all Brazilian fans will be hoping for more when the first weekend of this year's World Grand Prix starts with playing China, Canada and Thailand starting on July 18.