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Brazil beat China for Universiade women's volleyball gold

Brazil celebrate their victory after beating hosts China to win the Universiade women's volleyball gold medal
Shenzhen, China, August 22, 2010 - The Brazilian women's volleyball team faced little difficulty against China in the final of the women's volleyball tournament at the 2011 Universiade on Sunday as they clinched a straight sets (25-17, 25-12, 25-17) win to take the title in Shenzhen, China.

The Chinese team, despite their loss, had their best record in eight years at the competition.

The two teams went head to head in the first set, with the China leading 8-7 at the first technical timeout. The Brazilians came back strong later, getting easy scores through their intimidating offensive play before taking the set and the lead.

China continued to struggle in attack in the second set, with faults piling up. They committed 11 serving faults and just one serving ace throughout the game, compared to the Brazilian's terrific performance. The score was 8-3 to the yellow and green at the first timeout before extending their by 14 points to take the set.

The Brazilians breezed into an lead in the third set, leading 16-9, but the Chinese fought hard came back to within three points. But Brazil again found their rhythm after a timeout and closed the set 25-17.

Chen Xiang, China's coach, attributed the loss to the pressure on the players.

"The Brazilians are a better team," he said. "We see the gap between us tonight as we did a poor job at the first pass and serving. I think the mental pressure of the (Chinese) players is the main reason for the loss. We made too many mistakes."

Earlier on in the day Russia beat Japan to claim the bronze medal.


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