FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

MATCH INFO

Brazil breeze past determined Kenya


Brazil's Adenizia Silva received the chance to play against Kenya

 Nagano, Japan, November 5, 2011 – World No. 1 Brazil had little problem defeating Kenya at the FIVB World Cup on Saturday, but the Kenyans came out with a moral victory after a spirited display of volleyball. Kenya fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-9) but showed inventiveness, courage, joy, determination and terrific enthusiasm in the way they played.

The Most Impressive Player award went to Tandara Caixeta, Brazil’s top scorer with 15 points. Kenya’s top scorers were Moim Mercy and Everlyne Makuto with eight points each. Brazil outblocked Kenya 11-3 and outserved them 4-0.

Kenya got on the scoresheet early with a crisp hit from Mercy and, as usual, celebrated as if they’d won the tournament. Diana Khisa and Esther Wangeshi added more good hits, but Brazil were still four points ahead at the first technical timeout. When Kenya fell behind 11-4, coach Paul Bitok called a timeout and his players responded with three straight points, including a great block by Khisa on Welissa Gonzaga. But they could manage only one more point before the second TTO and they weren’t helped by a couple of wayward serves. Brazil, playing a second-string lineup, continued to hit big and the Kenyans defended with great passion, but the gap continued to grow. Setpoint came when captain Brackcides Khadambi sent a shot wide and Brazil went 1-0 up when a brilliant reaction save by Jannet Wanja wasn’t followed up by her teammates.

Adenizia Silva, Caixeta and Gonzaga delivered some more big hits at the start of the second set and Bitok called a timeout at 0-4. The Kenyans kept fighting and Lydia Maiyo scored successive points as they recovered to 6-7, before Brazil edged ahead again to 13-8. But the Kenyans fought back and seemed to be enjoying the match more than their illustrious opponents. Mercy came up with a couple of good hits as Kenya drew to within two points at 14-12, but when Brazil hit 20 points – at 20-13 – Bitok brought his players off court for a talk. Brazil reached setpoint on a good hit by Fernanda Rodrigues and went 2-0 up on a kill by Caixeta, but the Kenyans were doing themselves proud against the world No. 1.

Kenya started badly at the start of the third set but still showed sparks of brilliance at times, particularly on defence. They were 8-1 down at the first TTO before pulling back to 12-5 with some decent work by Makuto. Brazil kept pushing and were 11 points ahead at the second TTO with Kenya unable to do much to stop them. Matchpoint came when Rodrigues blocked Maiyo and it was all over when Cristina Barreto blocked a shot by Makuto.


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