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Brazil finishes fifth at Montreux Volley Masters

No. 1 FIVB World Ranking team Brazil celebrate the win over Japan

Montreux, Switzerland, May 31, 2014 – The Brazilian national team defeated Japan 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-22) to claim fifth place at the 29th Montreux Volley Masters on Sunday.  

Carol (17 points) and her teammates beat Arisa Takada (12 points), despite a big number of unforced errors.

Sunday’s finals began with the No. 1 FIVB World Ranking team Brazil taking on the East Asians.

Nevertheless, the Japanese started well into the game. Mayoshi Manabe’s players were able to put pressure on the double Olympic gold medalists, because they played an almost faultless first set. Further on, setter Natsumi Fujita brought a big diversity in their attacking game by quick and well-timed passes. As the Brazilians, on the other hand, committed to many errors (13 altogether), the Japanese won the first set by 25-19.

Brazilian national coach Zé Roberto demanded his players to pay more attention. The South Americans started to focus their attacking game in the middle lane. Middle blocker Adenizia took advantage of some holes in the Japanese defensive game. The Brazilians started to reduce their unforced errors and won the set by 25-20.

The Brazilians were now ready for the game. Carol and Adenizia were unstoppable on the offence and Camila Brait did a good job in the reception. The Japan national team seemed to be without a chance in the set. The final score 25-11, a hard setback for Mayoshi Manabe’s team.

The Japanese, however, didn’t abandon their hope and still believed in the victory. The No. 3 FIVB World Ranked team improved their defensive game and could always shorten the deficit. Nevertheless, at the very end the Brazilians were too strong for Japan, and won the final set and the match 25-22.


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