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USA, Brazil to vie for World Grand Prix title

Josefa Fabiola de Souza sets for Thaisa Menezes as Brazil swept Italy 3-0 to keep alive their title hopes on Saturday.

Ningbo, China, August 28, 2010 – The 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round will come to an end on Sunday with the United States and Brazil still in title contention.

The invincible USA team will play their last match against Japan, who had a 2-2 win-loss record. The Japanese were giant killers at the round-robin tournament, pulling off upset wins over two-time defending champions Brazil and 2009 World Grand Champions Cup winner Italy. With their previous best finish at the World Grand Prix being fourth, Japan will fight hard to make history while the United States only need to win two sets to secure their third World Grand Prix title.

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August 25-29
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Italy and Poland will have to work hard in the second match of the last day to avoid a last-place finish in the six-team round-robin tournament. Both teams had an 1-3 win-loss record and the difference is Italy lost three in a row after an opening 3-0 victory over China while Poland collected their first win on Friday by downing Japan in four sets. Italy have an upper hand in their previous World Grand Prix meetings with four wins against three losses.

The host team China awaits two-time defending champions Brazil in the last match of the tournament on Sunday evening. The Brazilians have to win in straight sets and hope Japan beat the Untied States for a miraculous comeback.

  

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