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Brazil put in dominating performance over Japan

Brazil's Thaisa Menezes spikes a ball against Japan's Ai Yamamoto
Busan, Korea, August 5, 2011 – Eight-time FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix champions Brazil got their 2011 campaign off to a flying start by seeing off 2011 World Championship bronze medallists Japan in convincing straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-21) in Busan, Korea on Friday as the 19th edition of the premier annual women’s event began.

Sheilla Castro scored 14 points for her side to top the tallies while Saori Kimura was the only Japanese player to reach double figures as she registered 10.

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Both teams struggled in the opening set as their game management was clearly rusty. But Brazil edgerd ahead as Castro and Paula Pequeno dominated their Pool C opponents with strong smashes. The Japanese tried to earn points back with shifting attacks from Ai Yamamoto, Mai Yamaguchi and Erika Araki but were blocked out by Brazil as the South Americans stormed to a 1-0 lead.

Pequeno was again on form in the second, alongside Fabiana Claudino and Marianne Steinbrecher as they stretched ahead. Despite a spirited offense from Japan it had little impact as their simple set plays were easily blocked en route to another Brazil win.

Fabiana and Pequeno and Sheilla were again on top form as their superb smashing and blocking game came into its own as they took advantage of the shorter Japanese. Despite the Asian side shifting their attack to finally get a foothold in the game it was their block that let them down as they tumbled to a defeat.

On Saturday Brazil face Germany and Japan take on Asian rivals Korea.


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