the Brazilian team celebrates the victory against the American team
Nagoya, Japan (November 19, 2005): In a high-profile battle of the Americas, Brazil showed who was boss by defeating USA in straight sets at the women's World Grand Champions Cup on Saturday.
The two teams went into the fourth day's play at Nagoya Rainbow Hall with a perfect 3-0 win-loss record.
Something had to give - and it was the South American champions who emerged victorious, beating the NORCECA champions in emphatic style, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19.
Even though the Brazilians had played the late match Friday and were on first Saturday, they showed no signs of mental or physical fatigue as they blitzed the Americans with an intense, energetic display.
Enjoying her best match of the tournament, Jaqueline Carvalho led the Brazilian assault with 16 points, and received solid support from Brazil's best two players here, Sheilla Castro and Welissa "Sassa" Gonzaga, who both scored 14.
"I feel very happy about today's victory," said Carvalho.
"We came into this match with great determination to win because it was so important, and we felt very united.
"I think it was the power of teamwork that got us through."
Standing alone at 4-0, Brazil can make sure of winning their first women's World Grand Champions Cup title in their last match Sunday against Korea.
But Carvalho and her fellow Canaries will be taking nothing for granted.
"Like today's game, we are going to study Korea's style of play. We have to think about which players we are going to pay special attention to," she said.
"We are going to try and prevent them from finding a rhythm, as the Korean team will also want to win the match. We will still have to play at our best."
The Brazilians had certainly done their homework on USA, restricting big guns Nancy Metcalf and Tayyiba Haneef to just 10 and seven spikes, respectively.
Korea then produced a major surprise by beating European champions Poland 3-2 (26-24, 17-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-11) in a one-hour, 48-minute marathon.
Once again the 17-year-old high school student Kim Yeon-Koung caught the eye with a game-high 25 points, including 22 kills, to give Korea their first victory after three defeats. Poland slipped to 1-3.
In the last match of the day, China beat Japan 3-1 in a fast-paced encounter to move to 2-2, while dropping the host to 1-3.
The Olympic champions won 25-15, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19 for their second straight victory over Asian opposition.