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Brazil breeze past Belgium in three sets

Jaqueline Carvalho attacks against Belgium on Friday
Tokyo, Japan, August 22, 2014 – Brazil breezed past Belgium 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-12) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Friday.

Key points:

Thaisa Menezes was the top scorer in the match with 13 points, including seven service points. Lise Van Hecke led Belgium with nine points. Brazil made only six errors to Belgium's 22. Brazil had eight service points to Belgium's none.

Brazil are now 2-1; Belgium are 0-3.

It was the first ever meeting between these teams in the World Grand Prix. 

Brazil have now won 32 of their last 35 World Grand Prix matches against European opposition. 

Belgium lost their first two Finals matches, to China and Russia. 

In their first two matches, Brazil lost to Turkey and beat China. 

Brazil had a three-point edge at the first technical timeout, but started to pull away after that. Belgium weren’t helped by errors and coach Gert Vande Broek called a timeout at 7-14. After leading by seven at the second TTO, Brazil added a point from another Belgian error before Thaisa Menezes went on a serving spree. Belgium failed to return five of her next seven serves, the last one trickling off the net for setpoint, which Sheilla Castro converted with a massive thump down the right line. Thaisa finished with five service points in the set.

After another reception error from a Thaisa serve put Brazil 4-0 up in the second set, Vande Broek called his players off court. Belgium claimed their first point of the set at 0-6 when Freya Aelbrecht stuffed the ball over the net, but Lise Van Hecke then slammed her serve well out and Brazil led 8-1 at the first break. Belgium played steadier volleyball after that but were still being well outplayed by Brazil and were nine points back at the second TTO. A thunderous shot by Fernanda Rodrigues stretched Brazil’s lead to 10 points at 18-8 and there was no way back for the Belgians. Brazil coach Ze Roberto brought in Gabi Guimaraes at 23-12 and she delivered a rocket serve for setpoint, which Jaqueline Carvalho converted to put Brazil 2-0 ahead.

Belgium started to find their game at the start of the third set, coming back from 4-1 down to level the scores at 6-6, with good strikes from Van Hecke and Helene Rousseaux and a great block by Angie Bland on Fabiana Claudino. Brazil were two points clear at the first TTO and started to pull away after that, helped by three Belgian errors. Vande Broek called a timeout at 13-8 to try and settle his players, but more classy strikes by Jaqueline propelled the Brazilians to an eight-point lead at the second TTO. There was time enough for Thaisa to pick up her seventh service point of the match before successive blocks by Adenizia Silva brought the match to an end.


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