repeat Grand Prix triumph to go clear in Pool A
Greece, August 18, 2004 – World Grand Prix champions
Brazil followed in the footsteps of their men’s team and
repeated their victory in August’s Grand Prix final by
beating Italy on Wednesday in an exhilarating
come-from-behind five set (19-25, 25-13, 22-25, 25-16,
15-13) win in the final match of Day Three of the
women’s Volleyball competition at the Peace and
Friendship Stadium on Wednesday.
After yesterday’s marathon men’s match the women turned
on a similar display with an action-packed affair
stretching nearly two hours, much to the enjoyment of
the fans coated in yellow, green and blue.
The win leaves Brazil as the only unbeaten side in Pool
A with Italy and Korea just behind with one defeat
followed by Greece and Japan with two defeats and Kenya,
who are yet to record a win. Korea beat Kenya 3-0
(25-16, 25-20, 25-19) and Japan beat Greece 3-1 (25-10,
20-25, 25-21, 25-22) in the other Pool A matches on the
Earlier, silver medalists from Sydney, Russia jumped to
the top of Pool B on Set Ratio difference after an
efficient straight sets (31-29, 25-11, 25-18) win over
"The Russian team were great tonight,” German coach Hee
Wan Lee said. “They presented a high level of play in
their game and after the first set, things got very
difficult. We tried our best but congratulations have to
go to the Russian team."
Russia, with two
wins and one loss, are equal with China and Cuba who
fought out an exhilarating five set affair, Cuba’s third
straight five-set match of the tournament, which
eventually fell to the Central Americans 3-2 (25-19,
22-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-13).
"It was a very good game for us, but very hard,” Cuba’s
Zoila Barros Fernandez said. “Both teams played well but
our power of concentration in the end was the difference.”
number one USA suffered their second defeat in three
games after losing the opening match of the day to their
Norceca neighbours the Dominican Republic in five
thrilling sets (26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-17).
"We won because we fought for every point, regardless of
the score,” the Dominican Republic’s Kenia Moreta Perez
said. “I am satisfied for two reasons. On the one hand,
it is our first win in our Olympic Games history, and on
the other hand, because we beat one of the best teams in
USA, Germany and the Dominican Republic are all equal
with one victory in Pool B.
The third day of
the men’s competition resumes on Thursday with Italy
playing Australia at 09:00. The other men’s matches see
the Netherlands play Brazil, Poland take on France,
Serbia and Montenegro play Tunisia, Greece host
Argentina and Russia take on USA.