Brazil ends USA's undefeated run in FIVB World Grand Prix
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 4, 2013 – Brazil ended USA’s record run of wins in the FIVB World Grand Prix at 18 on Sunday with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20) home victory in Campinas.
“It was a spectacle for volleyball,” USA coach Karch Kiraly said. “It was great to face Brazil in their home. They were the best team today and deserved the victory.”
The Americans had beaten Brazil in five of their last six meetings, their only defeat coming in last year’s Olympic final in London. Brazil coach Ze Roberto was restrained in his assessment of the match.
“It was an important test for our focus, for our confidence,” he said. “It showed us what we need to improve.”
Japan stayed on top of the Preliminary Round standings after a tough 3-1 win over last year’s bronze medallists Turkey in Ankara. They now have nine points from three straight wins, a record matched by China, Italy and Serbia.
On Sunday, China beat the Netherlands 3-1, Italy overcame Germany by the same score and Serbia defeated Puerto Rico, also 3-1.
Brazil have eight points and is the only other undefeated team after the first round of action in this year’s World Grand Prix. Five teams – Poland, Kazakhstan, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Algeria – failed to pick up a win in the first weekend.
Poland and Kazakhstan came close after five-set defeats to Russia and Argentina, respectively, which earned them a consolation point each, but Cuba and Algeria suffered their third straight 3-0 losses – Cuba to World Grand Prix debutants Bulgaria and Algeria to Thailand.
Poland’s Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata scored a tournament-high 41 points against Russia in the highest-scoring match of the World Grand Prix so far. Russia won 25-21, 22-25, 29-27, 28-30, 15-13 – a total of 235 points – in a match that lasted nine minutes short of three hours.
In the final match of the weekend, the Dominican Republic defeated the Czech Republic 3-1.
The next round of action starts on August 9 and
will take place in Hong Kong, Russia, Poland, Serbia and Puerto Rico.
FIVB World Grand
Top Scoring Performances
41 – Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata of Poland v Russia
24 – Lucia Fresco of Argentina v Kazakhstan (August 4)
22 – Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v Czech Republic (August 3)
22 – Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil v Russia (August 3)
22 – Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v Dominican Republic (August 2)
21 – Carolina Costagrande of Italy v Germany (August 4)
21 – Maren Brinker of Germany v Argentina (August 3)
21 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Brazil (August 3)
Top Blocking Performances
9 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v Puerto Rico (August 4)7 – Cristina Barreto of Brazil v Poland (August 2)
6 – Christiane Furst of Germany v Italy (August 4)
6 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Brazil
6 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v Czech Republic (August 3)
6 – Annerys Vargas of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (August 3)
Top Blocking Performances by Team
18 – Poland v Russia (August 4)17 – Italy v Germany (August 4)
17 – Brazil v Poland (August 2)
17 – Kazakhstan v Germany (August 2)
16 – Russia v Poland (August 4)
16 – Serbia v Puerto Rico (August 4)
16 – Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (August 3)
16 – Brazil v Russia (August 3)
Top Serving Performances
5 – Denise Hanke of Germany v Kazakhstan (August 2)
Top Serving Performances by Team
12 – Argentina v Kazakhstan (August 4)11 – China v Cuba (August 3)
10 – Germany v Argentina (August 3)
10 – Serbia v Czech Republic (August 3)
Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata of Poland, 41 v Russia (August 4)
Highest Set Score
Week 1: Poland v Russia, 30-28 (August 4)Japan v Turkey, 30-28 (August 4)
Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Russia v Poland, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 29-27, 28-30, 15-13) – 235 points
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