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Brazilian first team beats Italy to claim Aosta Volley Trophy


Courmayeur, Italy, June 4, 2005 In a repeat of last year's World Grand Prix final, Brazil's top team beat Italy 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) to claim the Aosta Volley trophy at the foot of Mont Blanc in Courmayeur, Italy on Saturday to prove that they're on the right track to defend their 2004 World Grand Prix.

Brazil, ranked second in the world and currently with a second squad in the USA, finished the tournament unbeaten with four successive victories, while Italy finished second with three wins and the solitary defeat.

In what is one of many tournaments giving World Grand Prix competitors vital match time ahead of the premier annual women's tournament, which starts on June 24, Serbia and Montenegro (who are preparing for a 2006 World Championship tournament) finished third, followed by Germany and Russia after Germany beat Russia 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-21) in the other match on Saturday, to claim their first win of the tournament.
Pic: Brazil on the winner's podium