Brazil claim one-sided victory over Thailand
Nagoya, Japan, November 13, 2013 - Olympic champion Brazil defeated Thailand in straight sets 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 on Wednesday in their round-robin match at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup.
The comprehensive victory improved Brazil's record to 2-0 and the maximum six points in the competition.
Thailand had difficulty dealing with the height of the South Americans and fell to 0-2 with the defeat.
Adenizia Silva and Tandara Caixeta led the Brazilians with 14 points in the win. Veteran Waslewska Oliveira contributed 10 points in the victory.
Onuma Sittirak was the top scorer with 12 for Thailand in the loss.
Brazil received and passed well in the clinical triumph, which saw it record 17 points on blocks.
Thailand established a 5-3 lead in the first set following a spike by Tomkom Nootsara. Brazil surged back with five straight points to lead 8-5 at the first TTO. Caixeta blasted a spike to extend the lead to 11-6. A nice dink by Silva ended an extended rally and put Brazil up 13-9. A block by Sheilla Castro made it 15-10 and Caixeta's spike sent Brazil into the second TTO with a 16-11 margin.
Onuma's spike into the net gave Brazil a 19-14 lead. Caixeta spiked again and it was 21-14. Brazil ran some nice option plays on the way to the big lead. A block by Silva put Brazil within two points of the set at 23-16. Another block by Brazil gave them the set at 25-18. Silva and Caixeta had six points in the set, while Onuma tallied eight.
Castro's service ace put Brazil in front 5-3 in the second set. Brazil showed it could play a finesse game as well as a power one with some deft dinks on the way to an 8-3 lead at the first TTO. A reception error by Onuma boosted the Brazilian advantage to 11-3. Thinkaow Pleumjit's spike made it 14-5 as Thailand tried to reduce the deficit. Silva's spike gave Brazil a 16-8 lead at the second TTO.
Onuma did her best at the net, but was repeatedly met with a wall of Brazilian defenders repelling her spikes. Kanthong Malika connected on a spike for 18-10. After Thailand pulled within six points at 18-12, Brazil called a timeout. Silva soared for a spike and Brazil was ahead 20-13. Pleumjit's dink made it 22-15. Walewska Oliveira gave Brazil a set point at 24-16 with a spike. They claimed the set 25-17 when Thailand could not handle a spike by Silva.
Brazil kept up their aggressive play in the final set and led a 8-4 at the first TTO after a spike by Fabiola Sousa. Pleujmit's spike made it 9-5. Thailand moved with four at 11-7 after an extended rally ended with a spike by Kanthong Malika. A service ace by Silva took it to 14-8. A reception error by Brazil pulled Thailand within three points at 15-12. Caixeta's spike put Brazil up 16-13 at the second TTO.
Another spike by Caixeta took the score to 20-14 as Brazil looked to close out the match. Onuma could not handle a pass and Thailand took a final timeout while trailing 22-15. A huge spike by Caixeta made it match point and Brazil closed it out on a final spike by Caixeta.