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Brazil subdue an aggressive Japanese team in straight sets

Brazilian players listen to the instructions of coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes as they seal victory over Japan on Thursday
Macau, China, August 25, 2011 – Brazil subdue an aggressive Japanese team in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-21) in Pool B of round robin play at the final round of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix at the Macau East Asian Games Dome on Thursday as the competition moved into its second day.

Fernanda Rodrigues topped all scorers with 17 points for the South American side as they built on their straight sets win over Italy on Wednesday.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

Brazil took an easy first set against their Asian rivals as they unleashed their usual game, not allowing Japan to counter attack. F. Garay was stellar in attack for Brazil, scoring six points for her team as they took the set.

Despite the tandem of Maiko Kano and Saori Kimura confusing the Brazilian blockers on their attack in the second - alternating hitting on each side - Brazil adjusted their block to stamp out the Japanese tactic. The Brazilian attackers took the opportunity to further their lead before Mizuho Ishida missed an attack that closed another set in favour of Brazil.

Brazil were wary of another Japanese uprising in the third set and although there were several attempts by the Japanese to extend rallies, Brazil made sure that they always came out on top. Japan tried to make a last minute run by narrowing the score only to find F. Garay’s spectacular hitting carry Brazil to the set win and victory.

Japan will now take on Italy as Brazil meet defending champions USA.


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