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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Poland 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-23) - duration 1:17
25-Jun, start time: 14:35, end time: 15:52 - Attendance: 5'000
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi
Brazil sweep Poland in straight sets
Tokyo, Japan, June 25, 2005 -- Brazil had to work hard to beat Poland 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-23) for their second straight victory in Tokyo on Saturday.
Brazil dominated the first two sets, but the Poles fought back strongly in the third and came close to taking the match to a fourth set.
But the Europeans finished on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline for the second successive day.
Brazil's Jaqueline Carvalho led all scorers with 16 points, including 15 kills, and Agata Mroz led the Polish reply with 12.
Brazil had started slowly the previous day against Korea, but there was no repeat this time.
The South Americans built up a 5-0 lead before setter Carolina Albuquerque saw her sixth serve drift long to put Poland on the board.
By this time, Poland coach Andrzej Niemczyk had already called a time-out, at 0-3, and changed his setter, at 0-5.
Poland's defence improved, their attack started to function, and the first set was evenly poised at 22-22.
But Brazil's Carvalho then scored two crucial points, first with a delicate drop-shot and then a powerful spike, to give her team two set points.
Brazil needed only one, closing out the first set 25-22.
In the second set, Brazil led 8-2 at the first technical time-out as the Poles struggled to control their attacking shots.
Carvalho was almost unstoppable on the left, and another well-placed winner took Brazil to the second technical time-out with an 11-point lead at 16-5.
A blistering winner by Paula Pequeno finished the second set 25-10 in Brazil's favour.
Poland fought back in the third, and reached the first technical time-out ahead 8-6 thanks to the persistent attacking play of the 1.91-metre Mroz.
At 23-23, Brazil drew on all their experience to win the crucial points, denying gallant Poland a set their play had deserved.
Fittingly, it was Pequeno who ended the contest on Brazil's first match point, finding a way through the Polish block.