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Brazil clinch second title in Grand Champions Cup

 
Olympic champions Brazil with their first place trophy and top prize check of USD 250,000
 
Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2013 – Olympic champions and world No. 1 Brazil won the gold medal in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Sunday by defeating Japan 3-0 (29-27, 25-14, 25-18) in front of a full house at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Brazil became the first women's team to win the title twice as they also won the 2005 edition of the quadrennial event. Japan took the bronze medal, matching their performance in 2001.

The South American champions finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record for 15 points, while Japan dropped to 3-2 for nine points. USA took the silver with a 4-1 record and 10 points.

It was Brazil’s fourth win against Japan in the World Grand Champions Cup against one loss. Overall in FIVB tournaments, the Brazilians have a 48-12 win-loss record against Japan. 

Fernanda Rodrigues was the top scorer for the new champions with 16 points, while Sheilla Castro had 14. Yuki Ishii was the only Japanese player to get into double figures with 12 points. Brazil scored 17 blocking points to Japan’s two and five service points to Japan’s four.

“The key for us was winning the first set,” Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said. “The double change with Monica and Claudia helped us to erase the deficit of five points and when Fabiola and Sheilla came back they were able to maintain the level.”

“Also I have to say that our libero Camila did a great job with many defensive plays in zone five, and that was also very important,” Guimaraes added.

When asked about the meaning of winning the World Grand Champions Cup, the Brazilian coach quickly fired back: “Now I can rest in peace because in Brazil for the fans finishing second and last is the same.”

In the other matches of Sunday, the United States defeated the Dominican Republic in four sets (25-14, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18) while Thailand scored a historic first ever victory over world champions Russia also in four sets (18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23).

Lauren Paolini was the best scorer for USA with 19 points followed by Jordan Larson-Burbach and Kelly Murphy who each contributed 16 tallies. Dominican Republic’s Gina Mambru finished with 17 points.

“For our team, we have a lot to be proud of,” USA coach Karch Kiraly said. “We played against the world's best in 2013 and got four wins out of five. All 14 of our athletes here made a real contribution to this team effort.”

Onuma Sittirak led Thailand with 26 points while Wilavan Apinyapong added 19. Pleumjit Thinkaow scored with seven blocks and totaled 13 points. Russia’s Natalia Malykh finished with 19 points in the loss.

“I’ve coached for 16 years and we never beat Russia,” Thailand coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai said. “It’s my first time so it’s a great honour for me.”

Final Positions: 1. Brazil, 2. United States, 3. Japan, 4. Russia, 5. Thailand, 6. Dominican Republic.

All-Star Team: MVP: Fabiana Claudino (BRA), Setter: Hitomi Nakamichi (JPN), Opposite: Gina Mambru (DOM), Outside Spikers: Saori Sakoda (JPN), Onuma Sittirak (THA), Middle Blockers: Iuliia Morozova (RUS), Pleumjit Thinkaow (THA), Libero: Arisa Sato (JPN).

Top-10 Scorers
100 – Onuma Sittirak, Thailand
91 – Jordan Larson-Burbach, United States
86 – Natalia Malykh, Russia
75 – Yuki Ishii, Japan
71 – Liubov Shashkova, Russia
68 – Saori Kimura, Japan
64 – Bethania De la Cruz, Dominican Republic
62 – Sheilla Castro, Brazil
59 – Fernanda Rodrigues, Brazil
57 – Kelly Murphy, United States

Top Scorer by Day
25 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
20 - Jordan Larson-Burbach of United States v Japan on 13-11-13
20 - Kelly Murphy of United States v Japan on 13-11-13
26 - Natalia Malikh of Russia v United States on 15-11-13
28 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v United States on 16-11-13
26 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v Russia on 17-11-13

Top Scoring Performances
28 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v United States on 16-11-13
26 - Natalia Malikh of Russia v United States on 15-11-13
26 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v Russia on 17-11-13
25 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
23 - Jordan Larson-Burbach of United States v Russia on 15-11-13
23 - Jordan Larson-Burbach of United States v Thailand on 16-11-13

Top Blocking Performances
7 - Pleumjit Thinkaow of Thailand v Russia on 17-11-13
6 - Iulia Morozova of Russia v Dominican Republic on 13-11-13
6 - Iulia Morozova of Russia v Thailand on 17-11-13

Top Serving Performances
4 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
4 - Saori Kimura of Japan v Russia on 12-11-13
4 - Riho Otake of Japan v Russia on 12-11-13

Top Team-Blocking Performances
21 - Russia v Dominican Republic on 13-11-13
17 - Brazil v Thailand on 13-11-13
17 - Russia v United States on 15-11-13
17 - Brazil v Japan on 17-11-13
16 - United States v Dominican Republic on 16-11-13

Top Team-Serving Performances
11 - Japan v Russia on 12-11-13

Highest Scoring Sets
29-27 Japan v Thailand (2nd Set) on 15-11-13
29-27 Japan v Dominican Republic (3rd Set) on 16-11-13
29-27 Brazil v Japan (1st Set) on 17-11-13
28-26 Russia v Japan (2nd Set) on 12-11-13
27-25 United States v Thailand (2nd Set) on 16-11-13

Highest Scoring Matches
211 - United States v Thailand 3-2 (13-25, 27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13) on 16-11-13
210 - United States d Russia 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 15-13) on 15-11-13










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