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FIVB 2005 World Grand Prix

Final Round
July 13 - 18!

Cuba, Brazil and Italy win on opening day

Sendai, Japan, July 13, 2005 - Cuba began slowly but finished with a flourish to beat China 3-2 in an incredible come-from-behind win, while Brazil and Italy recorded straight-set victories on the opening day of the World Grand Prix finals on Wednesday. Brazil, the defending World Grand Prix champions, had too much experience for the Netherlands, while world champions Italy blew away a hesitant Japan team in front of a capacity crowd at Sendai City Gymnasium. More

Pic: China captain Kun Feng digs
 

Final Round
July 12, 2005 - Brazil attempt to complete 'world title double'
July 11, 2005 - Fantastic opening clash in Final Round
July 5, 2005 -
Sendai gripped by Volleyball fever for World Grand Prix finals
 

Preliminary Round
July 12, 2005 Special honour for Italy
July 10, 2005
Metcalf tops rankings for Preliminary Round
 

Week Three
July 10, 2005 Netherlands and Italy claim remaining finals berths
July 9, 2005
Brazil join China, Cuba and Japan in Final Round
July 8, 2005
China and Cuba seal Final Round spots

 

Week Two
July 3, 2005
Brazilian scalp leaves China on top with Cuba

Week One
June 26, 2005
China, Brazil and Cuba take early lead after first weekend
 

 Cuba beat China 3-2 (10-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-13)
Cuba stun China in opening match
 
Sendai, Japan, July 13, 2005 - World number five Cuba were in outstanding form in the opening match of the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai, Japan, coming from two sets down to beat Olympic champions and world number one China in an epic five-set thriller 3-2 (10-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-13) on Wednesday. The winner of the six-day Final Round round-robin series will walk away with the 2005 World Grand Prix title.  

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Olympic medallists do battle
 Brazil beat the Netherlands 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-14)
Brazil overpower the Netherlands
 
Sendai, Japan, July 13, 2005 - Defending champions Brazil made the perfect start to the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai, Japan, by beating the Netherlands in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-14) in just over an hour in the second match on Wednesday. It was the second time Brazil had beaten the world number 14 after winning their Preliminary Round contest 3-1 (25-27, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17). 

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Brazil looking for repeat
 Italy beat Japan 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-14)
Italy cruise past hosts Japan
 
Sendai, Japan, July 13, 2005 - World champions Italy breezed past hosts Japan in straight sets (25-12, 25-21, 25-14) to join Brazil and Cuba as the first day winners at the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai, Japan. The home side had a packed stadium behind them but couldn't convert that support into any pressure on last year's silver medallists. The winner of the six-day Final Round round-robin series will walk away with the 2005 World Grand Prix title.

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Fascinating match up
 
 

Final Round - July 13-18

 
 
Sendai, Japan
Final Round ranking - Day One

Italy (1-0)
Brazil (1-0)
Cuba (1-0)
China (0-1)
Netherlands (0-1)
Japan (0-1)

Ranking from Preliminary Round - Places 7-12

Poland
USA
Korea
Germany
Dominican Republic
Thailand
 

STARS

 
 
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.
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Photo of Final Round
Day 1

 
 


China's Zhou Suhong makes a great save
 

2004 Standings

 
 
1 BRAZIL
2 ITALY
3 U.S.A.
4 CUBA
5 CHINA
6 GERMANY
7 RUSSIA
8 POLAND
9 JAPAN
10 THAILAND
11 KOREA
12 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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