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France ends Brazil's perfect World League run

Frances celebrates victory against Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil, June 29, 2013 – France ended the perfect run of Brazil in the 2013 FIVB World League with a 3-1 (29-27, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19) victory on Saturday in São Paulo´s Ibirapuera gymnasium.

With the win, France moves to fourth, with three wins and five losses while Brazil holds onto the top spot in pool A with five wins and one loss, although USA could over take them if they beat Bulgaria later on Saturday.

In the beginning of the match, setter Bruno Rezende’s serve gave Brazil the lead (6-4). The French then stepped up their serves and blocks, and the Europeans jumped ahead (11-9). They then streaked ahead with three points in a row. However, Brazil got back in the set and tied the score (24-24). With a block of middle blocker Le Roux, France took the set 29-27.

Brazil jumped to an 8-6 lead in the second set. Good defenses and serves got the Europeans 18-15 in front, but Brazil’s excellent performances of setter William Arjona and opposite spiker Leandro Vissoto, gave them a close and exciting set 25-23.

France got better in the third set going 9-6 and 16-13. Brazil improved in the end of the set but the Europeans hold the advantage and won the set 25-22.

The fourth set was close. In the first technical time out, Brazil had the lead (8-7). France improved in the set and got the lead (11-10). France continued the momentum in the set, going 19-16 and closing the set 25-19, and winning the match 3-1.

French spiker Earvin Ngapeth was the match’s top scorer with 26 points. Ricardo Lucarelli led the Brazilian scoring with 21 points.

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