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2005 World Grand Prix

Final Round - Day Four

Italy celebrates Valentina's day

Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 - One phrase said it all. "Today is my day," said Italy's Valentina Fiorin, who scored 23 points in her side's emphatic 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 32-30, 25-15) victory over Cuba to improve their win-loss record to 3-0. Later on the third day of the World Grand Prix Final Round, Olympic champions China beat the Netherlands 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19), and defending champions Brazil downed the hosts 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22). This left Italy and Brazil both with a 3-0 win-loss record, followed by Cuba, China and Japan all on 1-2, and the Dutch at the bottom on 0-3. More

Pic: Fiorin (front left) takes part in the Italian celebrations
 

Final Round
Day Three - Rest Day
Japanese students go wild for Cuba
Day Two
Italy and Brazil move ahead of the pack
Day One Cuba, Brazil and Italy win on opening day
Brazil attempt to complete 'world title double'
Preliminary Round Special honour for Italy
Metcalf tops rankings for Preliminary Round
Week Three Netherlands and Italy claim remaining finals berths
Week Two
Brazilian scalp leaves China on top with Cuba
Week One
China, Brazil and Cuba take early lead after first weekend
 

 Italy beat Cuba 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 32-30, 25-15)
Italy win third straight as Cuba collapse
 
Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 - World champions Italy shocked Cuba 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 32-30, 25-15) in the first match on the third day of the World Grand Prix Final Round on Saturday to go 3-0 with two matches left to play. Last year's runner's up are in inspirational form, heading towards a final day showdown with Brazil for the title.

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Third time lucky for Italy?
 China beat Netherlands 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19)
China end Netherlands' hopes with four-set win
 
Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 - Olympic champions China kept alive their hopes of winning the World Grand Prix title for only the second time when they recorded their first win of the Final Round on Saturday after beating the Netherlands 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19). World number one China now sit at 1-2 after three matches and will need to win their remaining two games while hoping the leaders trip up to stay in title contention. For the Netherlands, their hopes of claiming the title are over after suffering their third successive defeat.   

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Do or die battle for winless teams
 Brazil beat Japan 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22)
Brazil join Italy on top with third straight victory
 
Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 - Defending champions Brazil have joined Italy at the top of the 2005 World Grand Prix Final Round standings with three wins from as many matches after beating hosts Japan 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22) in the final match on Saturday. With two days still to go, the finals are shaping up to be a two horse race between Italy and Brazil but Japan, China and Cuba are still just in contention.

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Can Japan do it this time?
 
 

Final Round - July 13-18

 
 
Sendai, Japan
Final Round ranking - Day Four

Italy (3-0)
Brazil (3-0)
Japan (1-2)
Cuba (1-2)
China (1-2)
Netherlands (0-3)

Preliminary Round Ranking
 

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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 4

 
 


Eye on the ball - Zoila Barros  serves for Cuba
 

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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