Ningbo, China, August 26, 2010 - Defending champions Brazil rebounded from a shock 3-2 defeat by Japan on the first day to beat Poland 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17) on Thursday in the FIVB Grand Prix Final Round.
Brazil, ranked No. 1 in the world, swept past the world No. 11 Poles, who are making their second appearance in the World GP finals, to claim their first victory in the six-team round-robin competition.
Sheilla Castro was the top scorer for Brazil with 20 points, including 15 successful spikes. Fabiana Claudino added 15 points and Jaqueline Carvalho contributed 16 points.
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Brazil and Poland started their game by battling back and forth, with Brazil 8-4 up before the first TTO. But Poland came back to pull within one point at 8-7. The excellent spikes and blocks by Fabiana, combined with a string of errors by Poland, secured the leading position for Brazil at 16-11 at the second TTO. The dogged Polish side then showed resilience to equalize at 20-20, but Brazil held their nerves to seal the set.
The second set remained tight with Poland taking a slight lead at 8-7 at the first TTO. Despite their vigorous attacks, Brazil were unable to catch up with their opponents due to a sharp increase in errors. When the score was locked at 23-23, Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza delivered a spike from the right and followed up with a superb block to give Poland the last two points.
The third set also started with a seesaw situation highlighted by a host of spectacular spikes from both sides. Poland entered the second TTO with a 16-15 lead. After the break, the Brazilian girls were hot in attacking and grabbed the lead. When Brazil were 24-20 in front, Jaqueline jumped high from the left flank to smash a spiking winner.
In the fourth set, the Brazilians proved too much for Poland as the star trio of Sheilla, Fabiana and Jaqueline dominated the net. After setting up a 11-6 lead, Brazil never looked back.