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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Italy 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 27-29, 15-7) - duration 2:03
18-Jul, start time: 15:05, end time: 17:08 - Attendance: 8'230
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Brazil win Grand Prix 'final' epic
Sendai, Japan, July 18, 2005 -- Brazil successfully defended their World Grand Prix title with a gripping 3-2 victory over gallant Italy on Monday.
Brazil won 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 27-29, 15-7 in just under two hours of a match that held the crowd spellbound.
Sheilla Castro had a stand-out game for Brazil with 31 points, including 27 spikes, and Nadia Centoni replied with 29 for Italy.
It was Brazil's fifth Grand Prix title and they won it on their fourth match point.
The teams were locked at 18-18 in the first set before Brazil pulled away to earn four set points at 24-20, and Paula Pequeno clinched it at the first attempt with a delicate tip into space.
Two imperious winners from Centoni, first on the right and then down the middle on the very next point, nudged Italy ahead 13-12 in the second set, and Brazil took a time-out when falling behind 21-18.
Centoni stepped it up again at the critical time, and Italy took the second set 25-22 when Castro served into the net. It was a rare mistake by Castro, who was having a magnificent game for the Canaries.
Renata Colombo settled Brazilian nerves with a thundering winner for set point, and Brazil took the third 25-21.
MVP candidate Valentina Fiorin was having to work hard for every point, but was still a threat on Italy's left. A trademark spike at the center of the net from Sara Anzanello brought Italy to the second technical break 16-13 in front, but the defending champions fought back to 19-19.
There was a nailbiting end to the fourth, as Brazil missed three match points before Italy took the set 29-27 on their third set point.
Brazil jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the decider and turned round 8-1 in front, and Pequeno won the last two points for victory 15-7.