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Brazil outclass China in four-setter


Brazilian players are all smiles after a 3-1 victory over China

Sassari, Italy, August 1, 2014 – Nine-time winners Brazil confirmed its status as the favourites in Group 1 when they opened Pool C matches of the FIVB Volleyball World Prix with a win over China 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16) at the Pala Serradimigni on Friday.

Key Points

·     Brazil and China were ranked first and second, respectively, in last year’s World Grand Prix.

·     Brazil started title defence on a positive note with a win on their opening match.

·     China banked on Zhu Ting’s 24-point output but team missed out on defence as four Brazilian players still scored in double figures.

·     Brazil had seven more blocks than China.

·     Brazilian Olympians outplayed the youthful Chinese line-up in crucial moments of the match.

China had a great start, leading 7-4 and 12-16 in the requisite technical breaks of the match but later on crumbled as Brazil showed its sophisticated attack mechanism that brought them back in the match. Brazil managed to reverse the score 22-20 and made a quick finish with two strong blocks from Fe Garay and Thaisa Menezes.

The second set saw a different start as the Brazilians grabbed an early lead, only to be overturned by the sudden offensive rampage by China 8-7. China continued to lead 16-12 with strong attacks coming from Zeng Chunlei’s right flank swings. Then the Brazilian pace accelerated by the end of the set, which tied the score at 19-all and even grabbed the lead from the Chinese. The offensive rotation favoured China as Zhu Ting’s timely arrival in the frontline, to shift the momentum back to the Chinese side and complete their mission 25-23.

Brazil took charge in the third and fourth sets, showing tremendous power and technique. Brazil took advantage of every mistake of the opposing side. The match progressively went lopsided as the young Chinese squad could not contain the power of Brazil and succumbed in both sets 25-16 and 25-17.


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