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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) - duration 1:17
24-Jun, start time: 14:05, end time: 15:22 - Attendance: 3'450
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi
Brazil make winning start in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan, June 24, 2005 -- Brazil started slowly but finished on fire to crush Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) in their opening match of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Tokyo on Friday afternoon.
After a sluggish opening, the Brazilians eventually put together a series of dazzling attacking combinations to win in straight sets.
Jaqueline Carvalho led the way with 16 points, including 15 kills, and three team-mates also scored in double-figures.
The in-form Jung Dae-young led Korea's reply with 11 points, but the Asians spent most of the time defending.
Brazil began the match in a lethargic manner, and head coach Jose Guimaraes called a time-out when his team fell behind 4-0.
Carvalho put Brazil's first point on the board at 0-5 with a delicate winner from the right side into space in the Korean mid-court, and a block from captain Valeska Menezes finally brought Brazil level at 12-12.
The Koreans called two time-outs as Brazil gained momentum, but to no avail, as Carvalho soared majestically on the left to clinch the first set 25-21.
The second set began in similar fashion, and Brazil called a time-out when Korea jumped out into a 6-2 lead.
Again Brazil came back, and the Korean defence had no answer to the well-timed runs and searing spikes down the middle of Paula Pequeno.
The left-handed Hwang Youn-joo, attacking from the right, kept Korea in the hunt, but Brazil remained in control.
Having saved one set point, the Koreans could not stop Menezes from closing out the second set 25-20 with a missile to the back of the court.
Brazil went for the quick kill in the third set, and this time it was the Koreans who needed an early time-out when trailing 6-2.
With Brazil's distinctive canary yellow shirts now flying through the air with grace and power, the Koreans struggled to hang on.