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FIVB 2005 World Grand Prix

Day Two

Italy and Brazil move ahead of the pack

Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2005 – World champions Italy and defending champions Brazil maintained their perfect records on the second day of the World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai, Japan on Thursday. The Azzurre proved too strong for Olympic champions China for the second time in five days with a straight-sets win (25-16, 25-21, 25-22), while Brazil held off Cuba 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14) in a fast-paced, power-packed spike fest that delighted the 6,000 fans. More 

Pic: Brazil's Renata Colombo spikes past the Cuban defence of Nancy Carrillo de la Paz (left) and Rosir Calderon Diaz
 

Final Round - Day One
July 13, 2005 - Cuba, Brazil and Italy win on opening day

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
 
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
 

 Italy beat China 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22)
Olympic champs lose second successive match
 
Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2005 - Olympic champions China suffered their second straight defeat in the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round after going down to world champions Italy 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) in the opening match on Thursday in Sendai. For the second time in a shock run of three successive defeats, the world number one has lost to Italy after losing to the world number four in their final match of the Preliminary Round Final Round and now their hopes of reclaiming the title they won in 2003 are in serious jeopardy.

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Gold medalists versus world champs
 Brazil beat Cuba 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14)
Super Sassá serves Brazil to incredible victory
 
Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2005 - An incredible serve from Welissa "Sassa" Gonzago on match point gave defending champions Brazil a crucial win over  Cuba in an epic five set thriller 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14) in the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai on Thursday. The result hands Cuba their first loss of the finals while Brazil joins Italy as the only teams to have two victories from as many matches. The Brazilian win was a repeat of the 3-1 result in the third week of the Preliminary Round and reversed the 3-1 defeat in the play-off for bronze at last year's Olympic Games in Athens. 

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Cuba out for revenge
 Japan beat Netherlands 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 28-26, 25-22)
Japan fight back to claim first win
 
Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2005 - A typically gutsy performance from hosts Japan gave them an impressive come-from-behind victory 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 28-26, 25-22) over the Netherlands in the final match of the second day of the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai on Thursday. With a packed stadium right behind them Japan collected their first victory of the finals, while leaving the Netherlands winless after two matches.

 
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Big test for the Netherlands
 
 

Final Round - July 13-18

 
 
Sendai, Japan
Final Round ranking - Day Two

Italy (2-0)
Brazil (2-0)
Cuba (1-1)
Japan (1-1)
China (0-2)
Netherlands (0-2)

Preliminary Round Ranking
 

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 2

 
 


Full house and an electric atmosphere in the Sendai City Gymnasium
 

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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