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FIVB World Grand Prix 2006
 
Match Description
 
Brazil outclass Korea in Coliseum opener
 

Jaqueline Carvalho crashes home another winner

2006 World Grand Prix, Pool A


Friday, August 18, 2006

 Tokyo, August 18, 2006: Brazil began their defence of the World Grand Prix title with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Korea in the first match of Pool A at Ariake Coliseum on Friday afternoon. Brazil outclassed their opening day opponents and won 25-14, 25-17, 25-14.
 The Koreans made a very nervous start, and lost six consecutive points to trail 7-2. There looked to be nothing too dangerous with the serving of Fabiana Claudino, but the Koreans had problems with their reception, until Han Song-Yi ended the Koreans' bad spell.
 With Fabiana and Walewska Oliveira scoring points at the net, the Brazilians were well in control and reached the second TTO ahead by nine points, 16-7.
 Han continued to be a threat for the Koreans, but anything she could do was matched on the other side by Jaqueline Carvalho, who showed no mercy on the Koreans' defence with some sizzling winners from the left.
 Trailing 20-9, Korea coach Kim Myeong-Soo called his second TO, but the set was out of reach and the Canaries came home 25-14 with a service ace from Welissa "Sassa" Gonzaga.
 Sheilla Castro picked up the pace for Brazil at the start of the second set, and helped them to an 8-3 lead at the first TTO. The Koreans enjoyed few successes, but one block point by 16-year-old Bae Yoo-Na on Sheilla and some crisp, left-handed spikes from Hwang Youn-Joo kept the Brazilians thinking.
 An athletic back-court dig from Jaqueline turned into an unlikely point for Brazil when the return caused confusion in the Korean front court, and the same player then blasted a trademark winner to move her team ahead 12-8 and force a Korea TO.
 Some Sassa bullets and agile net play from Fabiana maintained the pressure on Korea, who would not have been pleased to see the formidable Marianne Steinbrecher appear toward the end of the second set -- and promptly close it out 25-17.
 Brazil's setter and captain, Fofao, had many options on almost every play, but still found time to score herself with the over-worked Korean defence scattered. The high Brazilian block made it difficult for the smaller Koreans to jump and find an angle on their spikes, and this led to a series of wayward shots from the Asian team.
 A soaring spike on the left from Valeska Menezes took Brazil to the second TTO with another handsome lead, 16-7, and Steinbrecher was gathering momentum all the time as victory drew near.
 The Koreans can take heart from an impressive display from teenager Bae, but they were overwhelmed by a vastly superior team in Brazil, who took the third set 25-14.