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Brazil is World Champion, Serbia defeated in four sets

Great actions in the final match Brazil vs. Serbia
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 12, 2009. Four years later Brazil doubled up the crown coach de Moura had seized in Macau with a solid performance in a very tense final match against Serbia (3:1, 25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-16).
Both teams had gone through an extremely tough schedule and competition, but that was definitely what they had been longing for since their arrival to Thailand: the gold medal match! In front of a sold-out arena Serbia and Brazil were expected to put up a great duel in their re-match after the South Americans had prevailed in a terrific five-setter during the second round. The European silver medalists were back to the court after their stellar semifinal with Belgium and were somehow adopted by the Thai audience, with even the local orchestra and dancers trying to set the pace for the girls in blue jerseys. The Serbians got off to a great start, but Brazil rapidly bounced back, especially after Isabela had replaced Carolina. The Brazilian block made the difference in the second part of the set and the Serbian spikers could hardly find a way through; Isabela put an end to the operations at 25-20 with a killing hit the Serbian receivers could not deal with.
The South Americans, vying for doubling up the title their compatriots had seized four years ago in Macau, set the tone also in the second set, but the Serbians were honestly performing below their usual standards, with silly errors affecting their overall performance and the spikers not as effective as in the yesterday’s semi (8-5). It was not yet time to call it over as Serbia fought back to level at 11, but right after that Brazil enjoyed another mini-break, with Isabela on fire and the girls of coach Mirosavljevic being again a way too faulty for a World Championship final (17-12). It looked like the Serbians were running a bit out of fuel after the many long matches they had been going through in this tournament: a deep inconsistency – especially in reception – was definitely something new for such a solid team and Brazil is definitely the kind of team you can not compete with if you are not at your 100%. The Serbians finally woke up and diverted a set ball for Brazil at 24-23 but a few seconds later Jovana Stevanovic did not control her lob and the set count moved to 2-0 for the “Cariocas”.
The Serbians started – paradoxically - the third set with less pressure, as now they had nothing more to lose and immediately scored a great 13-3 break including two aces in a row for both Ana Bjelica and Sara Klisura. The set continued with many ups and downs, the Brazilians tried to storm back but Serbia eventually maintained a small share of that initial margin to go for the fourth set with a double block of Radenkovic and Savic on South American star Samara (25-23).
With back-up setter Priscila Heldes replacing captain Rosane, the Brazilians strived for the good rhythm in the opening of the fourth set and they actually succeeding in that goal with a significant contribution coming from their star Samara (16-13 at the second technical break). The “Cariocas” kept their nerves under control in the deciding rallies and Samara – who else! - fired up the final party with a great spike well over the Serbian block.   

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