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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Brazil beat Korea 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-23) - duration 1:18
22-Aug, start time: 19:30, end time: 20:48 - Attendance: 8'020
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Brazil complete first phase unbeaten
World Grand Prix champions Brazil dominated Korea in all facets of play to record a straight sets victory maintaining their unbeaten record in the Preliminary Round and qualifying for the quarterfinals as the top seeds in Pool A.

Brazil will now face either the United States or Germany, depending on the result of USA's match against Cuba, on Tuesday for a place in the semifinals. Korea finished third in the group behind Italy and ahead of Japan.

Brazil took charge of the match from the first set. Erika COIMBRA and Marianne STEINBRECHER were the offensive leaders for Brazil. The first set ended 25-19 for Brazil in 24 minutes.

Brazil were not willing to give Korea the chance to fight even for a single set. Based on superb defence and efficient attack Brazil sailed to another easy victory, this time 25-18.

In the third set Korea were determined to prove that they have the ability to push Brazil and this they did. They improved their blocking dramatically and Brazil found it difficult to finish off their attacks successfully. The set went point-by-point until Virna DIAS spiked the Korean dreams for a set-win to finish the set and the match at 25-23.

Brazil were lead offensively by COIMBRA, STEINBRECHER and DIAS who had 17, 16 and 12 points respectively, while Korea's highest scorers were captain Jung Min KU and Dae Young JUNG with 10 points each.

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