Brazil, China win two in a row at World Grand Prix Finals
Sapporo, Japan, August 29, 2013 – Reigning Olympic champions Brazil and preliminary round winners China both collected their second straight wins at the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals here on Thursday while the United States had their chance of title defending diminished after suffering a second loss in two days.
Following Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Brazil, the USA team, who had clinched three gold medals at the World Grand Prix Finals in the last three years, fell to European champions Serbia in four sets. It was also the first defeat of the USA to a team other than Brazil since losing back-to-back matches against Cuba and Italy in 2008.
Later on Wednesday, Hui Ruoqi scored 19 points and the 18-year-old Zhu Ting came from the bench to contribute 10 points to help China extend their winning streak in the World Grand Prix preliminaries and World Grand Prix Finals to 11. The Chinese women were one step away from their record 12-0 run in 2007-2008. With the hard fought victory in two hours and seven minutes, China also snapped a three-match losing streak against Italy in World Grand Prix competitions.
In the last match of the day, Brazil clean swept Japan 3-0 for their 10th victory in 11 matches in the World Grand Prix this season. Their only loss this year was a 3-1 setack at the hands of Bulgaria.
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