Caracas, Venezuela, July 10, 2009 – Brazil became the first qualified for the Final Round to be held in Belgrade, after an easy 3-0 victory (25-15, 25-12, 25-17) over Venezuela in the Poliedro de Caracas.
The Brazilians reached 24 points, which ensured the first place of Group D. Only Serbia, as the host, and Brazil have secured their positions in the second round of the tournament.
The two teams began a very hard battle in the first set. Defense and attack were the weapons used by the Venezuelans and the Brazilians to keep the score close and give a good show for the fans. They showed spectacular plays, until Brazil relied on the powerful services of Murilo Endres and Marlon Yared, who added 7 points in a row by his services, to take advantage and win the set.
In the second set, the Brazilians took control from the beginning to the end without finding any resistance. Powerful services were the main weapon of Brazil, while the Venezuelans could not receive nor respond with their attack. The host team made some changes to its line-up: Rodman Valera was the new setter and the captain Andy Rojas tried to improve the reception, but they could not do anything to avoid the loosing.
Brazil had no trouble dominating the third set. Venezuelans failed to decipher the game of the visitors and they fell for the eighth time in FIVB World League 2009.