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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Cuba 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14) - duration 1:59
14-Jul, start time: 15:05, end time: 17:04 - Attendance: 6'100
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Brazil fight back to beat great rivals Cuba
Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2005 -- Brazil had to dig deep to beat World No. 5 Cuba in a five-set epic on the second day of the World Grand Prix finals on Thursday.
The defending World Grand Prix champions prevailed 25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14 to join Italy on two wins and no losses. Cuba slipped to 1-1.
It was an incredible match from start to finish, and neither team deserved to lose.
But it was Brazil who held their nerve, surviving one match point against them before winning the decisive point.
As the crowd held their breath, Welissa "Sassa" Gonzago's serve was too good for Daimi Ramirez to control, and a furious encounter ended with a tame conclusion.
The match began at a fast tempo and never relented.
The teams traded points with a show of power and athleticism that had the large crowd gasping in awe and appreciation.
Midway through the set, Brazil pulled away and finished well clear at 25-16.
In the second set, Cuba's Nancy Carrillo brought about the first technical time-out with a sizzling winner down the middle to open an 8-2 lead.
Although Paula Pequeno started finding her range on the left for Brazil, Cuba's blocking kept them ahead, and they led 16-12 at the second break.
Brazil finally caught up at 19-19, forcing a Cuban time-out, but Calderon enabled Cuba to retain the initiative.
It was from Calderon's serve, which Pequeno was unable to control, that Cuba pulled level at one set-all.
The third set contained some dizzying rallies as the two fierce rivals tried to take control.
But neither side would give, and every point had to be earned the hard way.
From 22-22, Cuba won three straight points to go up 2-1 in sets.
The fourth set followed a similar pattern, but this time it was Brazil who won the crucial points and took the set 25-21.