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The latest 2005 Youth Girls' Under 18 World Championships news


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Brazil crush Russia in one-sided final

Macau, China, July 31, 2005 - Brazil produced some magic in Macau to win the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship for the second time on Sunday. The fired-up South Americans romped past a strangely subdued Russia 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-17) to claim the gold medal.

In addition to their team's success, 16-year-old power spiker Natalia Pereira was named Most Valuable Player.

Brazil's one-sided victory maintained the country's incredible record in July 2005, and follows their success in the men's World League Final in Belgrade and the women's victory in the World Grand Prix Final Round in Sendai, Japan.

Brazil's head coach, Luizomar de Moura, said he dedicated this victory to his family and to the trainers and technical staff for their support. "The players have worked very hard for this, and produced their best at the right moment," he said. "They have shown great determination, and that was the most important factor in the final."

Commenting on MVP winner Pereira, the coach said: "She is a player with a great future ahead of her, and we have to take good care of her so that she does not change her style.
"This title will make her want more."

The match for the bronze medal was a classic for the large and appreciatve crowd at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion. Both teams shrugged off the disappointment of losing their semi-final games the previous day to produce a five-set thriller which drained every ounce of energy and emotion out of the players.

Italy won 18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12 to claim the bronze medal after winning the silver medal two years earlier in Poland. Italy also won the bronze in 1997 and 1995.

The Americans had to settle for fourth place, the same as in 2003, but many neutral observers felt they were deserving of more.

In the first match of the day, China shut out Argentina 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-18) in 65 minutes to claim seventh place. Tang Xiaoming, who has thrilled the crowds and startled opponents with her fireball serves, led the Chinese charge with 16 points, including 12 spikes.

In the second match, Korea showed their fighting spirit to beat Croatia 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8) and take fifth place. "We have been here a long time, 10 days, and the players were very tired," said Korea's head coach, Ahn Byung-Man. "At the start of the game they didn't look like they cared about fifth or sixth place, and they were lazy. I told them we must fight harder."

FINAL RANKING: 1, Brazil; 2, Russia; 3, Italy; 4, USA; 5, Korea; 6,
Croatia; 7, China; 8, Argentina.