World number one Brazil maintained their position at the top of the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix rankings with a well worked 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 15-25, 25-13) victory over Japan on Friday.
The superior height of Brazil where all members of the Brazilian lineup - except the setter and libero - averaged 190 cm, proved too mucvh for Japan in the first two sets. The blocking was seemingly like a Great Wall and the Brazil attack was as straight as an arrow. After conceding 12 points and 19 points in the first and second sets respectively, Brazil looked to be dominating the game, however Japan had other ideas.
Brazil committed two position faults and lost their pace against a more determined Japanese line up before the hosts claimed the second set by an incredible 10 points.
After the slight hiccup in the third set, the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix leaders refound their game and marched to victory with a comfortable fourth set win, exposing Japan's lack of height at the net.