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Brazil samba to win in opening game of 2014 Montreux Volley Masters


Montreux, Switzerland, May 27, 2014 - The Brazilian national team have won the opening game of the 29th Montreux Volley Masters against Switzerland 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-13) - a good start to the tournament.

Ana Carolina da Silva led her team with 13 points to victory against hosts Switzerland and their top scorer Mandy Wigger (8 points).

The favourite for the opening game of 29th Montreux Volley Masters was clear. The double Olympic gold medallists Brazil had to win against host Switzerland if they wanted to begin well in the tournament. Nevertheless, Timo Lippuner’s Swiss team wanted to play a good match and put pressure on the world’s number one.

Brazil started with a strong and disciplined system in their game against the host. The Swiss players struggled with their own reception and against Brazil’s blocking game. As consequence, the Brazilians won the first set 25-13.

The Swiss national players, however, were not afraid of the strong Brazilian offensive players and started to improve their own defensive work. The host even led against the world’s number one in the second set. But Brazil started to find other ways to overcome their opponents causing the Swiss to commit many unforced errors in the middle of the set leading them to fall behind.

Brazil started with their starting six in the third set and found a way back to dominance. The Swiss started to struggle and fell behind by 6-0. The Swiss national team committed many errors again, which Brazil took advantage of to win the third set 25-13.

Jaqueline Carvalho, who made her comeback on the Brazil team after being away on maternity leave, was happy about the game.

“It’s such an amazing feeling to be back on the court for the Brazilian national team - even more after a victory.”

On the other hand, Mandy Wigger, opposite of the Swiss national team, saw it as special moment to play against the world’s number one. “It’s always a special opportunity to play against such a team like Brazil. Of course some of the younger players were a little bit nervous, but that’s normal. You have to handle it.”

Brazil will face China on Wednesday to prove that they’re ready for the tournament. 


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