Tokyo, Japan, August 21, 2009: Olympic champions Brazil gave Germany a volleyball lesson in the second match of the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Friday afternoon.
Bidding for an eighth Grand Prix crown, the Brazilians blasted their way to an awesome 3-0 victory, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16, to extend their perfect win-loss record to 3-0. Germany slipped to 1-2 with two games to play.
The match began at a frenetic pace and did not let up as the teams tested each other with powerful spikes, big blocks and never-say-die defence.
Leading 8-5 and 16-13 at the two technical timeouts (TTO), Brazil forged ahead to 18-13, at which point Germany needed their second TO under big pressure from the flying Canaries.
With Brazil in control, Germany began to make changes to stabilise their team, but Mari Steinbrecher and Natalia Pereira continued to breach the defence. Brazil accelerated from 14-13 to 22-13 in a blur of yellow and green and closed out the opening frame 25-15 with a Natalia blockbuster – her 10th point of the match.
In the second set, German captain Christiane Furst tried to lift her team with an inspirational period of play during which she blocked Natalia and then reeled off three straight points for a four-point run, taking Germany from 2-1 down to 5-2 up. Brazil could not be tamed for long, though, and they held a three-point advantage, 8-5, at the first TTO.
In addition to the lightning Brazilian attack, their heavy block and speedy covering defence was keeping Germany under severe pressure, forcing errors which sent Brazil into the second TTO in charge at 16-6.
The normally prolific Kozuch and Brinker could make little headway, and the German defence wilted under the relentless barrage from all angles. The end came when Natalia pushed one into a big space for 25-15, 2-0.
There was no let-up for Germany in the third set as Thaisa Menezes took control of the net and blocked Brazil to 8-3 at the first TTO.
Corina Ssuschke gave Germany a brief respite with a terrific block on Sheilla, but the blocking of Fabiana Claudino and the smooth spiking of Mari swept Brazil into the second TTO ahead 16-7.
The Germans tried to enjoy the rest of the match, swinging freely and blocking with all their might, before Brazil closed it 25-16.