Ningbo, China, August 29, 2010 - Brazil eased past China 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 Sunday in the last match of the FIVB World Grand Prix finals at Ningbo Beilun Sports and Arts Center buit despite the stylish victory, the two-time defending champions failed to retain their World Grand Prix crown as they finished the six-team round-robin tournament with a 3-2 win-loss record, behind top-ranked USA, who had a perfect run. China were fourth with a 2-3 win-loss record.
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Brazil started more aggressively as the Chinese team could not organize attacking effectively due to their poor serve reception and weaker blocking on the net. Trailing by 10-4, Chinese coach Wang Baoquan brought in Fan Linlin, who immediately hit two spikes to spark a 4-0 run for China. However, as China continued to make errors in defence under pressure, the Brazilians didn't take long to pull away again and wrap up the set 25-12.
The Chinese team stepped up blocking early in the second set, going 5-1 up, but they could not keep the momentum as Brazil's hard-hitters replied with a 6-0 blitz to retake the lead. When Brazil were 23-16 in front, two spiking points from substitute Joyce Silva finished off the set.
The Brazilians were still on fire in the third set, with Pereira and Jaqueline Carvalho hitting relentless at the net. When China fell 18-9 behind, Wang Baoquan was forced to call the second TO in a bid to change the situation, but to no avail, Brazil ran away with the third set 25-15 and the match.