Sao Carlos, Brazil, August 7 – Defending champions Brazil remain the only unbeaten team in Pool A of the FIVB World Grand Prix as the South American side beat Japan 3-0 (25-20, 25-19 and 25-20) on Saturday at home in Sao Carlos.
With their second straight win in the tournament, the Olympic champions now have six points and lead the group, followed by Japan, who are on three points. Italy and Chinese Taipei are yet to pick up a win as the two sides prepare to clash on Saturday.
Brazilian opposite Sheilla was the top scorer of the match, with 17 points, followed by teammate Jaqueline, who scored 13. Middle-blocker Inoue scored 10 for Japan.
Brazil began well and achieved a five-point lead, but Japan pulled even at 10-10. A serve point from middle-blocker Thaisa gave the host a 15-12 advantage before the hosts went on the seal the set.
A foot fault from Sheila, followed by two wrong spikes from receiver Mari gave Japan in the lead at the beginning of the second set. However Mari, scoring a serve point, helped Brazil recover and they kept they rhythm to see out the set.
With Beijing Olympic Games MVP Paula Pequeno on court, Brazil kept hold of the lead as mistakes began to slip in for Japan.
In the third and last match day of the Pool A, Brazil will try to maintain its unbeaten streak against Italy on Sunday while Japan face fellow Asians Chinese Taipei.