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2005 World Grand Prix

Final Round - Day Five

Netherlands, China upset unbeaten pair

Sendai, Japan, July 17, 2005 - A team with a 3-0 win-loss record against a team with a 0-3 win-loss record, the result should be a formality, right? Well, in Volleyball it isn't, especially at the World Grand Prix Final Round. Italy (3-0) went into their match with the Netherlands (0-3) as the clear favourites, and everything was going with the form book when Italy won the first two sets 26-24, 25-18 on Sunday. They even had a match point in the third set when leading 24-23, but Dutch captain Ingrid Visser soon put an end to Italy's hopes of a straight-sets victory. The Dutch took the third set 26-24, and then the next two 25-21, 15-10 to finish as the deserved winners. More

Pic: Manon Flier top scored for the Netherlands with 26 points
 

Final Round - Day Five Six teams, six winners, in Sendai
Day Four
Italy celebrate Valentina's day
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
 

Netherlands beat Italy 3-2 (24-26, 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-10)
Netherlands stun Italy
 

Sendai, Japan, July 17, 2005 - For the second time in the 2005 World Grand Prix, the Netherlands have triumphed over their more fancied rivals Italy (after beating them 3-0 in the Preliminary Round) after winning the opening match in an incredible come-from-behind five set thriller 3-2 (24-26, 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-10 on Sunday.

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China beat Brazil 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-19)
Olympic champs find golden form
 
Sendai, Japan, July 17, 2005 - China's Olympic champions finally came to life, and crushed a lethargic Brazil in straight sets on the fifth day of the World Grand Prix Final Round on Sunday. China won 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-19) in just 69 minutes to send the defending Grand Prix champions to their first defeat of the week.

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Olympic kings v defending champs
Cuba beat Japan 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 20-25, 28-26, 17-15)
Cuba fight back to tame Japan
 
Sendai, Japan, July 17, 2005 - Cuba came back from 2-1 down to beat Japan 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 20-25, 28-26, 17-15) in the third match on the fourth day of the World Grand Prix Final Round on Sunday. The Athens Olympics bronze medallists saved a match point at 13-14 in the last set before winning a thriller with a brave spike from Liana Mesa. It was a marvellous match for the capacity crowd of 8,600, going one way and then the other throughout the two-hour, one-minute contest.

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Crucial clash for both sides 
 
 

Final Round - July 13-18

 
 
Sendai, Japan
Final Round ranking - Day Five

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

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 5

 
 
Poetry in motion - The Netherlands on attack with Riėtte Fledderus  setting for Caroline Wensinka
 

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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