Brazil sweep Japan to land record 10th World Grand Prix title
Tokyo, Japan, August 24, 2014 – Reigning Olympic champions Brazil swept the previously unbeaten Japanese team 3-0 in a title showdown Sunday evening to win the trophy of the FIVB World Grand Prix for a record tenth time.
Going into the last match as the leaders on the standings with 12 points, Japan needed to win only two sets to secure their first World Grand Prix title. However, the defending champions prevailed in three sets 25-15, 25-18, 27-25. The Brazilian women have now won one more title in the World Grand Prix than the Brazilian men have won in the World League.
Following an opening upset 3-2 loss to Turkey on Wednesday, Brazil bounced back with four consecutive straight set wins to be crowned again in the premier annual FIVB women’s volleyball tournament. The United States, the second most successful team in the World Grand Prix, have won the championships five times.
The Japanese women, who have played in all 22 editions of the tournament along with China, could be satisfied with the silver, their first podium finish in the World Grand Prix. Before the loss against Brazil, Japan have won eight matches in a row connecting the preliminary rounds and the Finals and it was their longest winning streak in the World Grand Prix.
Earlier on Sunday, Russia came from two sets down to beat China 3-2 (21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13) for the bronze. It was their first World Grand Prix medal since a silver in 2009.
Turkey beat World Grand Prix Finals debutants Belgium 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) in the other match of the last round to finish fourth ahead of China with seven points from five games. China settled for the fifth place on six points while the winless Belgians were at the bottom.
2014 World Grand Prix Dream Team
1st Best Outside Spiker: Liu Xiaotong (China)
2nd Best Outside Spiker: Miyu Nagaoka (Japan)
1st Best Midder Blocker: Irina Fetisova (Russia)
2nd Best Midder Blocker: Fabiana Claudino (Brazil)
Best Libero : Yuko Sano (Japan)
Best Setter: Danielle Lins (Brazil)
Best Opposite Spiker: Sheilla Castro (Brazil)
Most Valuable Player: Yuko Sano (Japan)
Brazil defeat Japan 3-0 to win World Grand Prix
Defending champions Brazil clinched the gold medal in the FIVB World Grand Prix on Sunday after beating Japan 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 27-25) on the final day of the Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday. Japan took the silver medal, their first ever medal in the World Grand Prix. Russia earlier earned the bronze medal. Sheilla Castro was the top scorer in the match with 16 points; Yuki Ishii led Japan with 10. Brazil had 10 blocking points to Japan’s three, and two service points to Japan’s four. Brazil finished with a 4-1 record for 13 points; Japan were 4-1 and ended with 12 points. Japan had never finished in the top three of the World Grand Prix before with their previous best finish fourth in 1994, 1997 and 2013. Brazil have now won the World Grand Prix 10 times, double that of the next most successful team, USA. More
It was a difficult tournament: Brazil coach Ze Roberto
It was a difficult tournament: Brazil coach Ze Roberto
Defending champions Brazil clinched the gold medal in the FIVB World Grand Prix on Sunday after beating Japan 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 27-25) on the final day of the Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. Japan took the silver medal, their first ever medal in the World Grand Prix. Russia earlier earned the bronze medal. Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said:”From the start of the Finals when we lost to Turkey it’s been difficult. After that loss, we recovered little by little and finally we were able to win our 10 World Grand Prix. I want to thank my team and my staff. Today, the tough part was that we were under pressure mentally because Japan had won all their games and we had to try and keep our concentration and break their concentration. Fortunately, in the first and second sets it worked very well, so we could play well, but in the third set Japan pressured us and we only just managed to win the set.” More
Russia claim bronze medal after five-set win over China
In a winner-takes-all match for the Bronze Medal on the last day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo on Sunday, Russia took the honours, beating China 3-2 (21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13) at Ariake Coliseum Tatiana Kosheleva was the top scorer in the match with 28 points while Liu Xiaotong led China with 19. Russia (3-2) finished with seven points and China (2-3) finished with six. Tatiana Kosheleva was the scoring leader going into Sunday’s matches and she finished with a total of 109 points. Six Chinese players had service aces while Russia led in blocking 14-7. More
Improved reception was the key to our win: Marichev
In a winner-takes-all match for the Bronze Medal on the last day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo on Sunday, Russia took the honours, beating China 3-2 (21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-13) at Ariake Coliseum. Russia coach Yury Marichev said: “In the first and second sets, China exploited our weak point, which was reception, and without reception, we can’t play. But in the third, fourth and fifth sets we improved our reception and we have tall, strong spikers and the improved reception allowed them to hit.” More
Turkey beat Belgium 3-1 to finish fourth
Turkey beat Belgium 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) on the final day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday. Neriman Ozsoy was the top scorer in the match with 32 points while Lise Van Hecke led Belgium with 21 points. Turkey finished with a 2-3 record and seven points and finished fourth; Belgium were 0-5 for no points and finished sixth. Turkey played 22 sets in their five matches – three of those matches were five-setters. The only team to beat them 3-0 was Japan. Belgium had 10 service points to Turkey’s one. More
We did great things in the World Grand Prix: Barbolini
Turkey beat Belgium 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20) on the final day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday. Turkey finished fourth in the tournament and Belgium sixth. Turkey coach Massimo Barbolini said:”Congratulations to Gert, not only for this tournament but for all the work he’s been doing with Belgium. I think they are one of the more interesting teams at the moment. And congratulations again to my team, not only for the victory today but for the wonderful World Grand Prix that we have played. We finished on the same points as Russia and I think we did very great things. Apart from China, we beat the best teams in the world – Brazil, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Japan, USA – so we must be really happy with that. For me, it’s been a great experience and I want to thank Japan; every time, it’s a great pleasure to come here.” More
Top Scoring Performances
32 – Ozsoy Neriman of Turkey v Belgium (August 24)
30 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Serbia (August 17)
29 – Sonsirma Gozde of Turkey v Russia (August 22)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China (August 15)
Top Blocking Performances
Top Blocking Performances by Team
Top Serving Performances
6 – Claudia Lizbeth Resendiz Lopez (Mexico) v Algeria (August 3)
4 – Frauke Dirickx (Belgium) v The Netherlands (August 16)
4 – Ismailoglu Meliha (Turkey) v Russia (August 16)
Top Serving Performances by Team
14 – Bulgaria v Kazakhstan (August 16)
12 – China v Russia (August 24)
12 – Turkey v Brazil (August 20)
12 – Korea v Serbia (August 17)
12 – Peru v Canada (July 25)
Highest Set Score
Turkey v Russia, 27-25 (August 22)
Highest Scoring Matches