FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011


Brazil clinch final berth for London with straight sets victory over Japan

Team captain Giba, here spiking, was once again one of Brazil leading attackers along the way for an Olympic berth

Tokyo, Japan, December 4, 2011 - Brazil clinched a berth for the London Olympics with a victory over Japan in straights sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) on the final day of fourth-round action at 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup at Yoyogi National Gym on Sunday. Brazil entered the match needing not to concede two sets to finish third ahead of Italy and secure the Olympic berth. Brazil finished the tournament with an 8-3 record, while Japan went 2-9. Sidnei dos Santos paced Brazil with 15 points. Gilberto Godoy added 13 points. Dos Santos was named the most impressive player of the match. Kunihiro Shimizu led Japan with 15 points. Japan was just unable to cope with the speed and power of the Brazilians. Leading 19-16 in the second set, Japan collapsed and gave up the final nine points.

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Japan moved out to a 4-2 lead in the opening set. Vissotto's spike made it 4-4. A block by Lucas Saatkamp put Brazil up 6-5. Yuta Yoneyama sent Japan into the first TTO with an 8-7 lead on a spike. Shimizu's spike put Japan up 9-8. A Sindei dos Santos spike put Brazil in front 10-9. Vissotto's service ace made it 15-12 for Brazil. Gilberto Godoy's spike put Brazil up 16-12 at the second TTO. A spike by Abe made it 18-13. A deft dink by Vissotto took it to 21-15 and Japan called a timeout. A service ace by Shimizu made it 22-18 and Brazil took a timeout. Dos Santos leaped to drive home a spike and put Brazil ahead 23-18. A service error by Abe gave Brazil set point at 24-19. Japan held off two set points before Godoy ended it 25-21. Vissotto had six points in the set, while Shimizu registered five.

Japan took a 4-1 lead in the second set on a block by Shimizu. A spike by Godoy pulled Brazil within a point at 7-6. A service error by Brazil put Japan on top 8-6 at the first TTO. Vissotto's spike moved Brazil with one again at 9-8 and they tied it 9-9 with a block. A service ace by Yoshihiko Matsumoto gave Japan a 12-10 edge. Vissotto missed a spike and Japan led 14-10. Tatsuya Fukuzawa's spike made it 15-10 and Shimizu's blast put Japan in front 16-11 at the second TTO. A spike by Dos Santos brought Brazil within three at 17-14. Godoy ended a long rally with a spike that split the Japan defense for 17-15. Shimizu ripped another spike to take the count to 19-16. A block by Theo Lopez cut Japan's lead to one at 19-18. An amazing dig by Godoy led to a Brazil spike that equalized it 19-19. A reception error by Abe then handed Brazil a 20-19 lead. Vissotto followed with a crushing spike and suddenly Brazil was up 21-19 and had the momentum. A spike by Murilo Endres made it 23-19 as Brazil moved for the set. A Brazil block gave them set point and they took the it 25-19 on a reception error by Japan. Brazil scored the last nine points of the set.

Brazil established a 5-2 lead in the third set. A spike by Shimizu moved Japan within 6-4. Shimizu then missed with a spike for 7-4. Godoy's spike pushed Brazil to an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. A pair of spikes by Fukuzawa saw Brazil ahead 9-7. Trailing 11-7, Japan called a timeout. Japan trailed 12-8 after a spike by Shimizu. Dos Santos spiked for 13-9. A block by Matsumura pulled Japan within two at 13-11. Vissotto's spike made it 15-12. When Saatkamp missed a spike, Japan was a point down at 15-14. Vissotto's block ended a great rally and put Brazil up 16-14 at the second TTO. Yuta Yoneyama and Fukuza spiked to put Japan two back at 18-16. Saatkamp's spike pushed it to 20-17 for Brazil. Yoneyama made it 20-18 with a spike. Brazil led 22-18 when Japan called a timeout. Shimizu responded with a spike for 22-19. Dos Santos spiked to make it 23-19 and Brazil was on the verge of victory. Japan made it 23-21 and Brazil took a timeout. Vissotto's spike made it match point at 24-21. Fukuzawa spiked for 24-22, but Saatkamp ended it 25-22 with a two-handed spike.


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