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FIVB World Grand Prix 2005 

Week Two completed!

Brazilian scalp leaves China on top with Cuba

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 3, 2005 The match everyone had been waiting for in week two of the 2005 World Grand Prix Preliminary Round saw Olympic champions China at their sparkling best as they beat defending champions Brazil in an incredible straight sets victory (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) in Macau. The win marked China's sixth win in as many matches as the second round was completed on Sunday. Cuba sit with China on top of the 12-team table as the only two unbeaten sides after they beat Italy 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21). More

Pic: World Grand Prix action in Macau

Week Two
July 2, 2005
Top six remains unchanged after day two
July 1, 2005
Cuba, Brazil and China simply devastating
June 28, 2005
China v Brazil is headline act as World Grand Prix enters second week
Week One
June 26, 2005
China, Brazil and Cuba take early lead after first weekend

 Seoul, Korea
Points ratio gives Japan leg victory
Seoul, Korea, July 3, 2005 - Japan, USA, Korea and the Dominican Republic completed a riveting weekend of Volleyball in Seoul with the first three teams finishing with a 2-1 win-loss record after Sunday's matches where Jenny Lang Ping's USA side surprised Japan 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 29-27) and Korea beat the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-15). After early wins over Korea and the Dominican Republic, Japan managed a superior points ratio difference, compared to USA, who finished second after beating the Dominican Republic and losing to Korea, and Korea.

  USA and Japan on song
Korea and Japan victorious on first day
Dominican Republic hope to break duck against Japan
 Manila, Philippines
Cuba complete another unbeaten weekend
Manila, Philippines, July 3, 2005 Olympic bronze medallists Cuba recorded three wins from three to claim the Manila leg title and maintain their unbeaten record in the Preliminary Round following Sunday's Cuba beat Italy 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21). However, the weekend was a test of pure skill and guts from Cuba who, after beating Thailand 3-0 on Friday, had to fight back from a set down to Italy and battle over five sets with the Netherlands on Saturday before prevailing 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13). The Netherlands finished second with a 2-1 win-loss record after beating Italy and Thailand, with Italy finishing ahead of Thailand in third.

  Cuba pip the Netherlands in a stunner
Cuba and the Netherlands win in style
All eyes on Cuba's opening match v Thailand
Cuba team to beat in Manila
Thailand and the Netherlands arrive in Manila

Cuba are a "must see" team at the moment
 Macau, China
China grab Macau honours with stylish win over Brazil

Macau, China, July 3, 2005 China coach Chen Zhonge said he wanted a stylish win against Brazil and he got it. In definitely the match of week two Olympic champions China were too quick and classy for world number two Brazil, handing the defending champions their first defeat of the tournament on Sunday 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20). The win completes an excellent weekend for China, who sit in first place in the overall World Grand Prix standings with a 6-0 win-loss record after also beating Germany and Poland in straight sets. Brazil finished second (third in the overall standings with a 5-1 record) after also beating Poland and Germany without conceding a set while Poland clinched third with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 26-24, 18-25, 15-11) win over Germany.

  Brazil and China keep unbeaten records
China and Brazil continue barnstorming run
Macau prepares for big China-Brazil clash

Chen wanting stylish win over Brazil
Wonderful welcome in Macau

Week 2 - July 01-03

Seoul, Korea
Japan, Korea, USA, Dominican Rep.
Macau, China
Brazil, Germany, Poland, China
Manila, Philippines
Netherlands, Thailand, Cuba, Italy


Fabiana Oliveira
Scoring a point is something impossible for her as a libero, but it does not mean that Fabi is less important to Brazil having returned to the team after missing out on the Athens Olympics.

Photo of Week 2


A different view - China in a team huddle

2004 Standings

3 U.S.A.
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