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Brazil beat China 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 21-25, 15-10) - duration 2:06
14-Sep, start time: 13:30, end time: 15:36 - Attendance: 4,000
Brazil beat China 3-2 (22-25 25-22 25-17 21-25 15-10)
Brazilian Thaisa Menezes produced error-filled spikes to hand China the first three points. As China stretched the lead 5-1, Brazil tightened their defence to come close at 4-6 before the Chinese girls launched a series of assaults to move ahead 8-4. The Brazilians upped their tempo, mightily roaring back with devastating spikes from Joyce Victalino and scintillating blocks by Menezes and Fabiana Claudino to catch the Chinese at 9-all before progressing 11-9. From then, both teams apparently gave it all-out which hugely entertained the large crowd of spectators jampacking the Silapa-archa Gymnasium. As China led 23-21, Brazil used a triple block to foil the rivals' attempt in spiking. However, Lu Yan came from behind to spike devastatingly at the net to put China in front 24-22 before a spike from Joyce Silva went wide. China wrapped up the hard-fought first set 25-22.
Both teams came out with almost the same style in the second set. As China mainly relied on their impenetrable defence, the Brazilians excelled in their offence and led from the beginning 9-7, thanks to Victalino's brilliant form at the net play. China came from behind to spike thundering cross-court smashes to level at 18-all and again 21-all. Moments later, China replaced Yang Shuang with Wang Keke, while Brazil also replaced Danielle Lins with Fernanda Alves. It was Brazilian players who advanced to 24-22 before winning the close set 25-22.
The yellow and green girls, unbeaten to their respective rivals en route the final, made a flying start in the third set to lead 10-6 and stretch it to12-7 and 15-8. As Chinese nerves began to fray, Brazil rolled on their rhythm and moved ahead confidently 20-12. China started to rest their best players for the assault in the following round and instead fielded those from the bench. Among them were Yin Meng, Wang Lei and Xue Ming. That did not help much, anyway. From then onwards, Brazil made short work of the rivals, hitting fiercely from all corners to win the one-sided set 25-17.
Brazil still took