Ningbo, China, August 27, 2010 - The USA outclassed defending champions Brazil 3-2 on Friday to remain unbeaten in the FIVB World Grand Prix finals, delivering the South Americans their second defeat of the week.
The Americans, who had defeated Poland and Italy on Day one and Day two, are the only team with a perfect record in the six-team round-robin tournament following the 22-25, 25-19, 30-28, 17-25, 15-13 victory.
Brazil set the pace in the first set, building a 2-0 lead, before USA veteran Logan Tom spiked relentlessly from the flank to put her team 8-5 ahead at the first TTO. Boosted by attacks from Sheilla Castro and Carvalho Jaqueline, Brazil restored their lead 14-13 and held onto their advantage throughout.
The USA established a 11-6 advantage in the second set before reaching the second TTO with a 16-13 lead. Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes was forced to call the second timeout after the USA pulled away to 18-13, but it didn't help as the Americans maintained the momentum and took the set on a Heather Bown spike.
The Americans were still hot into the third set, racing to a 4-0 lead before Brazil clawed back to tie 8-8. Then the lead changed hands eight times until a service ace from Hooker Destinee sealed the set 30-28 for the Americans.
In the fourth set, Brazil started well and jumped to 4-0 ahead. Although the USA managed to equalize 6-6, the Brazilian team, inspired by Paula Pequeno in attacking, didn't take long time to pull away again (17-11) to put this set beyond doubt.
The fifth set turned out to be a see-saw affair. When the two teams are level at 13-13, Castro, who had provided the most of the ammunition in attacking for Brazil, served out of bounds to award the USA the match point. Tom and Bown then cooperated to block a Castro spike for the winner.
Brazil will now play Italy on Saturday while USA take on China.