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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Japan 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22) - duration 1:59
16-Jul, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:59 - Attendance: 8'600
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Brazil hold off brave Japan
Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 -- Defending champions Brazil held off a spirited challenge from Japan to stay perfect on the third day of the World Grand Prix Final Round on Saturday.
The defending Grand Prix champions won 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22) in front of a frenzied capacity crowd at Sendai City Gymnasium.
While Brazil joined Italy on 3-0, Japan slipped to 1-2 in the six-team tournament.
Paula Pequeno led Brazil's scoring with 23 points, including 17 spikes, and Miyuki Takahashi had 22 for Japan, 21 of them kills.
Brazil's left-side attack produced instant results, particularly from the fired-up Jaqueline Carvalho, in the early stages.
Renata Colombo and Pequeno also exploited this route, and Japan had to call a time-out trailing 11-7 to repair the damage.
Roared on by a vociferous crowd, Japan fought back to 12-12, but again Brazil pulled away to 16-12.
Takahashi can always be relied upon for Japan, and she kept her team close with seven first-set points, but Sheilla Castro clinched the first set 25-20.
With Chie Yoshizawa finding gaps in Brazil's defence, Japan led 16-12 at the second technical break, and looked confident and far from intimidated by the famous canary yellow shirts on the other side of the net.
On their third set point, after some inspired winners from Ai Otomo on Japan's right, Makiko Horai finally brought Japan the second set 27-25.
With Pequeno, Colombo and Carvalho providing the power, and Caroline Gattaz at the heart of the Brazilian block, the defending champions controlled the third set and won it 25-20.
In the fourth set, Japan hung in gamely, and Brazil held only a two-point lead, 16-14, at the second technical time-out.
But Carvalho showed her quality to finish the match 25-22.