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Claudino gives credit to teammates for MVP award

MVP Fabiana of Brazil is awarded by FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° during the closing ceremony of the Women's Grand Champions Cup on Sunday
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – Brazil’s Fabiana Claudino was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup won by the South American monarchs on Sunday.

The All-Star Team of the competition was announced at the start of the award ceremony presided over by Dr. Ary S. Graça, FIVB President and Dr. Yuichiro Hamu, President of Japan Volleyball Association.

“I am very happy about winning the Most Valuable Player, an award granted by my teammates who helped me to do my job,” Fabiana said during the press conference held after the ceremony. 

“This is a great team and I’m really happy about what we achieved,” the Brazilian captain added. “It wasn’t an easy tournament and I got the MVP award because of my team. All the players gave me this.” 

Japan sent three players to the All-Star Team of the competition based on the statistics while Thailand had two.

The Japanese players were the first outside hitter Saori Sakoda, the setter Hitomi Nakachimi and the libero Arisa Sato.

The two Thais in the ideal squad were Onuma Sittirak as second outside hitter and Pleumjit Thinkaow as the second middle-blocker.

Gina Mambru of Dominican Republic was the opposite player and Russia’s Iuliia Morozova was the first middle-blocker.

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