Brazil wins Montreux Volley Masters for the sixth time
Montreux, Switzerland, June 2 2013 - On Sunday, Brazil overcame Russia in three sets during the final of the 28th edition of the Montreux Volley Masters. In the game for the third place, the Dominican Republic defeated Italy 3-1. Finally Japan won against China 3-1 as well, which enabled them to finish at the fifth rank.
BRA – RUS 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-22)
Brazil defeated Russia in three sets in the final of the 2013 Montreux Volley Masters on Sunday. Both Brazil (ranked 2nd in the FIVB World ranking) and Russia (ranked 6th) played excellent volleyball during all three sets. The first set was tight and although the Russians were leading during a while, they had difficulties to keep their advantage until the end. Priscila Daroit and the captain Fernanda Rodrigues showed their team the way of the victory and ended up winning the first set 25-23. In the second set, the South Americans started strong and dominated most of the game, although Russia tried unsuccessfully to come back at the very end. Furthermore Russia’s head coach Marichev Iuriy received a red card. As a result this gave one additional point to the Brazilians, who later killed their set ball to close the set at 25-23. From that time, the Russians started to lose hope and had problems to keep the same level as previously. After 87 minutes of game, the “seleção” won the last set 25-22 and became the winners of the 28th edition of the Montreux Volley Masters. The captain Fe Garay, who scored 16 points during this final game, has been elected MVP of the tournament.
DOM – ITA 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 25-18, 26-24)
In the final for the bronze medal, the Dominicans had a rather difficult start in the first set, failing to hit the ball on the floor. They remained behind by a few points and were unable to make a come back. At 15-8 for Italy, the Dominicans were trying to control unclosed blocks, uncertain receptions, and unsuccessful attacks. It is on the score of 25-15 that the Italians earned the set. The beginning of the second set was more balanced than the previous one. Marco Mencarelli’s team remained playing in a precise and powerful manner. However the Dominicans, beside a few mistakes, were able to carry out a good performance to take the lead and close the set on the score of 25-22. In the third game, with powerful spikes from the back row and two consecutive winning serves by Paola Yonkaira, Marcos Kwieck’s squad took the lead (16-11), and further increased the gap until the end of the set (25-18). The fourth and last set began with a different scenario. Italy was first ahead with 15-10 thanks to an efficient bloc-defense. They kept the advantage until 20, before the Dominicans managed to bounce back and finally won on the score of 26-24.
CHN – JPN 1-3 (20-25, 25-27, 25-13, 19-25)
The opening match on the last day of the 2013 Montreux Volley Masters began with the confrontation between China and Japan. Both teams were determined to win their last match in order to reach the fifth position of the event. The first set was indecisive until the second half which was led by the Japanese. Although Zhu Ting was able to perform more kills, her team could not catch up the strong Japanese players who won the set 25-20. In the next set the Japanese were leading until the last couple of points when their opponents bounced back for a close finish. Even if the Chinese made less direct errors in the two first sets (8 compared to 14 for Japan), they could not beat their rivals and lost 25-27. China surprised the Japanese when they started the third set by winning the first balls and widened the gap against their opponents. The Chinese started to hope a comeback when they won the third set without difficulties 25-13. The Japanese team led the last set from the beginning until the end (19-25), winning the match 3-1 and the fifth rank of the 28th edition of the Montreux Volley Masters. The best scorer of the match was the Chinese Zhu Ting with 30 points including 26 kills. Nagaoka Miyu was the second best scorer with 26 total points of which she scored 24 kills.