Nagoya, Japan (November 20, 2005): There are seven colours in the rainbow - but only two were visible at Nagoya Rainbow Hall on Sunday: the yellow and green of Brazil.
In a resounding conclusion to their World Grand Champions Cup campaign, the South American champions brushed aside plucky Korea 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) to clinch their first inter-continental crown with a perfect 5-0 record.
Third in 1997 and fourth in 2001, Brazil made no mistake this time, and went home with the first prize of US$300,000 and even more Japanese admirers, following their World Grand Prix success at Sendai in July.
MVP Sheilla Castro led all scorers with 19 points, and summed up the chirpy mood in the Canaries' camp after this latest success on the world stage.
"In our team, everybody is together and everybody is happy. Because of this we win," said the 22-year-old Castro.
"Everybody thinks the same: that it's not only one player, we have 12 players. We are together all the time, after the game, at the hotel, wherever we are."
Comparing the two title successes in Japan this year, Castro thought the World Grand Prix was more difficult to win because of the time they needed to be away from home.
"Here it's just one week, so a bit easier, but we came here with the objective to be the champion," she added.
Looking ahead to the 2006 World Championship in Japan, Castro added: "Next year will be more difficult, but we work for the win every time. Next year there will be Cuba, USA...six good teams can win it, so we have to work hard."
In the second game of the day, China's fast-paced and fluid attack broke down the bigger, less coordinated Polish team 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20). It was China's third straight victory after two losses in Tokyo, and they can take many positives from the tournament, despite losing their title to Brazil.
The 15th and last match of the championship featured Japan against the United States, which the Americans eventually ran away with 3-0 after a tight opening.
Japan missed three set points in the first frame before going down 28-26, and then lost the next two 25-23, 25-16.
The final placings were: Brazil, USA, China, Poland, Japan, Korea.
Individual Awards: Best scorer, Sheilla Castro (Brazil); best attacker, Zhou Suhong (China); best blocker, Fabiana Claudino (Brazil); best server, Welissa "Sassa" Gonzaga (Brazil); best setter, Feng Kun (China); best libero, Yuka Sakurai (Japan); Most Valuable Player, Sheilla Castro (Brazil).