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Brazil begin title defense with victory

Brazil celebrate following their straight sets victory over Chinese Taipei, beginning their defense of the FIVB World Grand Prix title in style
São Carlos, Brazil, August 6 – Brazil began their defense of their FIVB World Grand Prix crown with a straight-sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-12) victory over Chinese Taipei at home in São Carlos on Friday as the opening weekend of the premier annual women’s tournament continued.

Brazilian middle blocker Thaisa Menezes topped the scores with then points while Chinese Taipei opposite Chen Wan Ting scored eight for the visitors.

Brazil started well earning a quick lead thanks in part to the attacking play of middle blocker Fabiana. Using their good serve and blocking with efficiency, Brazil increased their lead before closing the set.

Chinese Taipei began to use their intelligence in the second set, causing Brazil’s previously strong attack to suffer thanks to a number of good serves from the Asian side which saw them take the lead. However a good sequence of serves from wing spiker Jaqueline saw Brazil regain the lead and carry it through till the end of the set.

Brazil gained momentum in the third set, storming to a quick 9-0. Coach Zé Roberto then decided to use his whole squad in an effort to boost experience as Brazil continued to dominate, finally seeing out the set and the game.

Tomorrow Brazil will face Japan while Chinese Taipei face Italy.

  

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