London 2012

MATCH INFO

Once more... it is Brazil to celebrate Olympic gold!


Tears of joy for the players and coaching staff of Brazil who cruised to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over USA to claim their second consecutive Olympic title in London

London, Great Britain, August 11, 2012 – After the real setback they had suffered in the opening set that ended for Brazil with the worst score ever since the introduction of the rally point system, only a few were keen to pick out the 2008 Olympic champions as the eventual winners of the gold medal at Earls Court. However, they eventually stormed back stepping up their quality and intensity to finally stop the American scoring machine and go for a well-deserved 3-1 win (11-25, 25-17, 25-20, and 25-17) to strike gold and let their many fans erupt in joyful celebrations. Jaqueline Carvalho played her best game in London right by the moment it counted the most, totalling 18 points at the end of the match, with three more – Sheilla Castro, Fabiana Claudino and Fernanda Rodrigues – finishing in double figures.
USA’ offense got somehow stuck after a brilliant first set with their best attacker, Destinee Hooker, being controlled by the Brazilian block and ending up by chipping in with 14 points.
With Team USA settling for their third silver medal at the Olympics, this result expands Brazil’s medal collection to four, with two gold and two bronze medals included in their unique showcase. Additionally, Brazil are the sole team capable of claiming back-to-back crowns together with the Soviet Union (1968 and 1972) and Cuba (that actually got three through 1992-2000).      

In what was a remake of the last Olympic final, Team USA rushed to a terrific start (5-1) to assert their intention to go for their first Olympic gold in history, something that would cap a couple of memorable seasons where the current leaders of the world ranking had regularly imposed their rule in all major international competitions. After an early time-out asked by Brazilian coach Zé Roberto, Team USA still comfortably set the pace of the game (8-3) with the same authority they had been displaying since the start of their Olympic campaign. After missing the 1/4 final with the Dominican Republic, US American setter and captain Lindsey Berg was there to marshal her side with great confidence and with the Brazilian spikers that were lacking accuracy, USA could easily and quickly move the score up to a massive 13-5 lead. The 2008 Olympic champions and their outstanding opposite Sheilla Castro just could not find a way to stop the run of that express as everything worked just perfectly on the US American side of the net, while the ladies in yellow jerseys looked confused and helpless. As Sheilla spiked once more off the court, USA stretched their lead to 10 points (17-7) and Zé Roberto had no other option than to try out some substitutions, with Paula Pequeno – one of the heroines from Beijing – joining the game. Showing determination, focus and great skills, the US Americans did not concede any chance to their opponents – Brazil being the sole side, together with Korea, able to take at least one set from the winners of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix in the tournament – and the opening set was quickly sealed by Jordan Larson with the pretty embarrassing score of 25-11, the worst ever for Brazil in any FIVB event since the introduction of the rally point system.

American flags were being waved almost everywhere at Earls Court after such a fabulous display of strength and quality and the fans looked confident their heroines could finally improve on the silver medals claimed in 1984 and 2008, so far the best result for the USA in women’s volleyball at the Olympics. Even though the match was one-sided, the audience was really ecstatic as Olympic gold was at stake at the end of two weeks packed with classy actions whereby the UK had finally discovered volleyball at its best.

Brazil finally got back on track by scoring three points in a row to open the second set and create an atmosphere that was just “wild”. Berg showed great composure to feed her spikers and supported by their always sensational block-defence system, USA could quickly draw level at 3 all. However, Brazil claimed the next three to force USA coach Hugh McCutcheon to take his first time-out of the match and his players responded quite well, but still Brazil did control the operations by the first mandatory stop (8-5) and kept on rolling moving up 11-6.
As they got back their initial efficiency in reception, USA started clawing back, doing so quite vigorously (11-9), and with a block on Sheilla and a spike by Logan Tom they ultimately could tie the score. The game had finally moved to the quality and intensity of an Olympic final, and Brazil picked out from their repertoire some real fine shots to re-open the gap to 6 points (18-12). Jaqueline Carvalho was leading Brazil’s offense but middle blockers Thaisa Menezes and Fabiana Claudino were also doing their job accurately. As they had finally got into their own rhythm, the 2008 Olympic champions were no more to stop, and at the end they substantially reversed the outcome of the first set, cashing their second set ball for a 25-17 whereby the final was set to re-start from “tabula rasa” in set 3.

Galvanized by their loud fans, Brazil extended that momentum also to the early phases of the third set (6-2, 8-5); in what could have been the last match of her competitive career, as she had announced she may retire after the Olympics, Lindsey Berg was looking for the right solutions to stop the Brazilian march but Sheilla, Jaqueline and Fernanda Rodrigues scored relentlessly to turn a match that had started so well in a mountain to climb for the USA (14-9). Like a diesel engine, and similarly to what they had done throughout the tournament, the South Americans gradually stepped up in all fundamentals but the USA were certainly not keen to let it drift away without fighting up to the end. McCutcheon made some changes with 39-year old Danielle Scott-Arruda – the oldest player in the Olympic tournament – being given some playing time but still Brazil set the pace (20-16) as Jaqueline was playing her best game of the Olympics thereby emulating the performance of husband Murilo Endres in the men’s semi-final with Italy. A service error by Tamari Miyashiro brought four set balls to the count of Brazil with Sheilla pocketing the first chance to move her side 2-1 up.

Brazil is a country that has turned into the world’s Mecca for volleyball and beach volleyball but after claiming “only” silver and bronze at Horse Guards Parade, the national teams had somehow the duty to get gold at Earls Court. That quest did not look too pretentious as the 2008 gold medallists opened set 4 by going rapidly to the front (5-2); USA almost drew the count (6-5) but they were lagging behind by five points halfway through the set (14-9) as Brazil was playing with great confidence and had adjusted their block to all possible options displayed in offense by the American spikers. The fate of the Olympic final looked somehow determined by the second mandatory stop (16-10) as Brazil succeeded in finalizing almost every single action. The decibels had moved up to the next level at Earls Court since the Brazilian supporters were trying to push their heroines all the way through to their second Olympic gold (22-14); their defence being just outstanding – the USA could practically not score any more via their spikes – the South Americans got close to the fulfilment of their dream but they lost their composure only for a little while, as they could glance at the finish line before Fernanda Rodrigues got the honour to score the last point for the final 3-1 (25-17).          
 

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
15.08.2012 17:09:05
Olympic champions get parade in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 15, 2012 – Just like in 2008, Brazil’s Olympic champion women's volleyball team were taken on a motorcade through the street... More...

11.08.2012 23:37:09
Tiny in size, huge in heart Fabia helps Brazil stun USA for women’s volleyball gold

London, Great Britain, August 11, 2012 – Brazil spotted the USA a set then bushwhacked the previously unbeaten Americans 3-1 after rolling through the... More...

09.08.2012 22:52:51
Brazil coach Zé Roberto Guimaraes: “We deserve this”

London, Great Britain, August 9, 2012 – Clashing emotions in the mixed zone and the press conference after the match Brazil-Japan. Japan coach Masayos... More...

09.08.2012 22:18:09
Brazil dominate Japan to go for remake of last Olympic final

09.08.2012 18:28:43
"I am proud of the way my team played today" says USA mentor Hugh McCutcheon

09.08.2012 17:48:02
USA look unstoppable and find their way to Olympic final after routing Korea in straight sets

08.08.2012 22:00:50
Japan and Korea carry dreams of Asian glory in semis with Brazil and USA

08.08.2012 00:57:06
"If we can have the team spirit that we had today, we can win the semifinal” says Korean captain Kim Sa-Nee

07.08.2012 23:41:36
Korea upset Italy to return to semis after bronze at 1976 Olympics

07.08.2012 22:28:07
"There is still a lot of meat on the bone" says Hugh McCutcheon after 3-0 win over Dominican Republic

07.08.2012 21:53:35
Team USA easily cruise to semifinals by routing Dominican Republic in straight sets

07.08.2012 19:53:56
“I don’t know if my heart can cope with much more" says Brazilian coach Ze Roberto

07.08.2012 19:37:58
Brazil save six match balls to finally edge Russia and take on Japan in the semis

07.08.2012 17:28:00
Japan edge China in five-set stunner to make it to Olympic semis after 24 years

07.08.2012 17:06:56
"I have been training for three-and-a-half years to win an Olympic medal" says Japan star Saori Kimura

06.08.2012 23:41:47
Russia v Brazil leads off women's quarterfinals

06.08.2012 00:37:20
Brazil qualify to quarterfinals round

05.08.2012 23:31:00
USA's Berg confident she will play next Tuesday

05.08.2012 23:11:42
USA finish with spotless record in Pool B

05.08.2012 21:14:38
Russia power proves too much for resilient Italy

05.08.2012 20:43:29
"I am working hard to finally get that Olympic gold" says Russian star Ekaterina Gamova

05.08.2012 18:45:35
Japan eliminate hosts Great Britain

05.08.2012 18:06:47
"It has been an unforgettable experience" says GB Ciara Michel at the end of her Olympic adventure

05.08.2012 15:39:44
China players are mentally and physically sound

05.08.2012 15:27:52
China edge Korea in a five-set battle

05.08.2012 13:28:47
Kwiek anticipates tough match against USA

05.08.2012 11:57:39
Dominican Republic sneak into quarterfinals

04.08.2012 01:28:53
Italy's most important match will be on Sunday

04.08.2012 00:16:34
Italy share with Russia top place in Pool A

03.08.2012 22:54:27
Berg thinks there is room to improve as a team

03.08.2012 22:41:53
USA continue with their winning ways

03.08.2012 20:41:32
"Our goal is to play always well" stresses Dominican coach Marcos Kwiek after first win

03.08.2012 20:10:13
Dominican Republic claim first win of the tournament, road to 1/4 finals gets complicated for Team GB

03.08.2012 18:35:19
"I hope we still can get a medal" says Turkey's leader and top scorer Neslihan Darnel

03.08.2012 18:22:23
Turkey need five sets but eventually celebrate second win of their Olympic campaign

03.08.2012 16:00:02
Russia manage to prevail against Japan

03.08.2012 15:48:07
Gamova and Goncharova help Russia to stay perfect

03.08.2012 13:50:27
Enjoying the match is a key for Brazilian side, Castro says

03.08.2012 13:35:13
Brazil prevail in five-setter against China

02.08.2012 02:21:56
Kim Yeon-Koung hopes Korea gets consistency

02.08.2012 00:51:56
Korea score surprising victory over Brazil

01.08.2012 23:35:11
McCutcheon praises caliber of Megan Hodge

01.08.2012 22:58:06
USA stand alone atop of Pool B with 3-0 mark

01.08.2012 20:37:24
Ruthless Italy just too good for Great Britain

01.08.2012 19:54:59
"It is highly commendable to push Italy the way we did in the first set" says GB player Rachel Laybourne

01.08.2012 18:33:06
Turkey celebrates first Olympic win by downing sloppy Serbia

01.08.2012 18:00:59
"Neslihan is our real star" says Turkey's spiker Bahar Toksoy

01.08.2012 14:21:57
Russia's height made it difficult to Algeria

01.08.2012 14:09:58
Russia score crushing victory over Algeria

01.08.2012 13:13:02
Dominican Republic hurt by many unforced errors

01.08.2012 12:09:32
Japan cruise to straight set victory over Dominican Republic

31.07.2012 02:35:00
British captain grateful of fan support

31.07.2012 02:02:17
Historical victory for Great Britain

30.07.2012 23:42:37
Six or seven teams have medal chances -Italy's Barbolini

30.07.2012 23:11:51
Second victory for women’s Italian team

30.07.2012 21:09:22
USA overcome defending Olympic champions Brazil

30.07.2012 20:52:28
Hooker and Larson combine to carry USA

30.07.2012 18:53:39
Dominicans think about three remaining matches

30.07.2012 18:42:22
Russia block the road to Dominican Republic

30.07.2012 16:39:44
Kim is a key player for Korea

30.07.2012 15:05:49
Kim unstoppable in triumph of Korea over Serbia

30.07.2012 13:35:48
Research on Turkey team paid dividends to China

30.07.2012 12:46:09
China overcome a relentless Turkey for second win

29.07.2012 03:35:59
A tough battle closes the first day of action in women's volleyball

29.07.2012 03:18:48
Brazil prevail in duel against Turkey

29.07.2012 00:19:39
World's No. 1 USA defeat Korea in four sets

28.07.2012 23:43:05
"Korea made us work really hard" says US American captain Lindsey Berg after first win in the tournament

28.07.2012 21:41:32
Simona Gioli carries Italy past Dominican Republic

28.07.2012 20:41:13
First victory is important for Italy's Barbolini

28.07.2012 19:19:24
Women whistling women, five female referees for the first time at the Olympics

28.07.2012 18:23:46
Russia beat Team GB in straight sets for the joy of their Prime Minister

28.07.2012 17:51:16
"This was the highlight of my career" says GB captain Lynne Beattie

28.07.2012 15:18:27
It is impossible to play China without a good serve -Terzic

28.07.2012 15:05:27
China bounce back to crush Serbia

28.07.2012 12:55:39
"Our service was the key to victory today" says Japan captain Erika Araki

28.07.2012 12:36:44
Japan routs Algeria in straight sets to open Olympic tournament