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Brazil too classy for China

Brazil's height advantage proved too much for China as the defending champions completed a comprehensive victory on Monday

Macau, China, August 16, 2010 – Defending champions Brazil proved far too good for hosts China as the world No. 1 beat the world No. 2 in three comprehensive sets 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-19) in Macau on Monday. The match is the second of two games in Macau which were postponed from Sunday due to a day of mourning for China’s mudslide victims.

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Brazil were in awesome form and immediately sprung to a 4-0 lead thanks to a combination of great attacking play and China’s inability to receive from service. The reception problems continued to plague the hosts as the Olympic champions stretched their lead and never looked back, taking the first set comfortably 25-12.

The second set saw China become a little more competitive but again, thanks to the brilliance of Sheilla (Brazil’s top scorer with 19 points) and Jaqueline on attack, Brazil were soon ahead 14-6. However, on this occasion, the team talks of coach Wang Baoquan had some effect and China fought back thanks to the excellent spiking of Wang Yimei, who was the only Chinese player to reach double figures for the match with 13 points. Three good serves from captain Wei Quiyue further narrowed the point deficit 19-16 however Brazil did what they do best and closed out the set 25-19 to take a 2-0 lead.

Two sets up and Brazil sniffed victory. An early 4-0 lead set the tone for the rest of the set. China did claw back to 10-8 thanks to some efficient blocking however, with China making too many unforced errors, Brazil took their chance and stretched the lead to 17-13 before closing out an impressive victory over the Final Round hosts.

  

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