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Rank
Teams
1
BRAZIL
2
CUBA
3
ITALY
4
USA
5
CHINA
6
JAPAN
7
TURKEY
8
GERMANY
9
DOMINICAN REP.
10
POLAND
11
THAILAND
12
KAZAKHSTAN
2008
Final Standing
“We were expected to win the Grand Prix after be-
ating Cuba in the semifinals, but still we had to pay
attention not to lose this last match and continue to
compete at a high level,” said Brazil head coach Jose
Roberto Guimaraes.
In the second match of the day, Cuba recovered from
a slow start to beat Italy 28-30, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19
for their fourth win, finishing just behind Brazil in the
Grand Prix Final Round.
“I am glad to win this match, but in the preliminary
round we lost against Italy so I think the result just
depends on which team plays that little bit better on
the day,” said head coach Antonio Perdomo.
Earlier in the day, the United States ended the World
Grand Prix Final Round on a high note, outlasting
China 25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 17-15. Sharing a
2-3 win-loss record with Italy, the Americans ranked
fourth behind the Azzurre due to a points-ratio disad-
vantage.
Roared on by 12,500 home fans, Japan fought bravely
against Brazil to stay close at 19-18 in the first set be-
2008 FIVB World Grand Prix
Brazil won their seventh World Grand Prix title
Brazil won their seventh World Grand Prix title with
a hard-fought 3-0 victory over hosts Japan in the final
of the 2008 edition of the women’s Volleyball gala at
Yokohama Arena.
Cuba rallied past World No. 2 Italy 3-1 for the silver,
while the United States held off reigning Olympic
champions China 3-2 to finish fourth.
With the 25-23, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Japan, the
Brazilians reigned supreme in the six-team round-
robin event, dropping only one set during their five
wins. Brazil’s earlier Grand Prix titles came in 1994,
1996, 1998, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Brazilian Marianne Steinbrecher, who scored 12
points in the final, was named Most Valuable Player.
Brazil claim
seventh World
Grand Prix title
2008 FIVB World Grand Prix
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Brazil celebrate against USA
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