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A golden era for USA to sweep Brazil in the WGP Finals

USA's top scorer Destinee Hooker in action against Brazil
Macau, China, August 28, 2011 – Defending champion the United States retained the World Grand Prix title as they swept Brazil in three straight sets in the last match of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Macau East Asian Games Dome on Sunday.

In front of 4,600 fans, the defending champion USA won 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 in 1 hour and 32 minutes. USA Destinee Hooker was the game’s top scorers with 16 points, while Natalia Pereira gained 11 for Brazil.

The match started with USA getting a wide advantage early on at 9-3 as they well-covered the net with four killing blocks on the Brazilian side. The South Americans slowly rolled their engines with F. Garay and Sheilla working effectively to level the score at 17-17 and from there on it stayed close. Neither was going to easily give up the chance to walk away as a winner. Destinee Hooker and Logan Tom combined efforts to take the first set in favor of USA with two tip-over spikes over the Brazilian blockers.

The second set remained a tight affair as the Brazilians, falling slightly behind, refused to let USA gain an advantage larger than two points not until the second TTO. A block by Foluke Akinradweo lighted up the Americans and moved their team four points ahead at 19-15. With their defense struggling, Brazil made two successive reception errors and trailed all the way as USA picked up the second set by a sharp spike from Tom.

Sensing an opportunity the Americans looked to take quick control of the third set after the first TTO. USA showed their huge determination as they performed all-round better. Brazil found no way to stop the American wing spikers Tom and Jordan Larson crashing their defense. To thunderous applause, the Americans capitalized on their momentum and took the final set and successfully defended their title.


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