Brazil claim seventh World Grand Prix title with perfect 5-0 record
Yokohama, Japan, July 13, 2008 - Brazil earned a hard-fought 3-0 victory over hosts Japan Sunday evening to win their seventh World Grand Prix title with a perfect 5-0 record as the 2008 edition of the women's Volleyball gala lowered its curtain at Yokohama Arena. Cuba rallied past World No. 2 Italy 3-1 for the silver while the United States held off reigning Olympic champions China 3-2 to finish fourth. With the 25-23, 25-23 and 25-19 victory over the fighting hosts, the Brazilians crowned in the six-team round robin where they dropped only one set. Their earlier Grand Prix titles came in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2005 and 2006.