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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Brazil beat Kenya 3-0 (25-16, 29-27, 25-12) - duration 1:16
16-Aug, start time: 9:00, end time: 10:16 - Attendance: 500
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Brazil collects second win with straight set victory over Kenya
Brazil made it two wins from two in Pool A with a dominate performance over Kenya on the first match of the second day of the women's Volleyball competition at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Anything else other than a straight sets victory would have been a surprise for the World Grand Prix champions as Brazil, 2nd in the world, are ranked 21 places than Kenya on the FIVB world rankings.

Right from the opening whistle the game went to script for the South Americans. Brazil took charge from the first set, with Fabiana CLAUDINO leading the way, scoring seven out of seven spikes. Violet BARASA tried to keep Kenya in the set with five successful attacks out of 11 but it took Brazil only 21 minutes to wrap up the first set.

In the second set, Kenya was determined to prove it could push Brazil and they did a great job. The Brazilians were unable to stop the spiking of Gladys NASIKANDA and she was responsible for seeing Brazil's lead of 19-13 and 22-18 reduce to 25-25. The set continued point by point until the spikes of Erika COIMBRA and Welissa GONZAGA finally gave Brazil the set at 29-27.

Having risked losing the second set Brazil were not willing to give Kenya any chance to contest the third and in the end they sealed the set and the match easily 25-12.

Brazil were led offensively by GONZAGA with 15 points, COIMBRA with 12 and CLAUDINO with 10 points, while BARASA was top scorer for Kenya with 11 points.

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