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Powerhouse Brazil pulls off convincing straight-sets victory over Slovakia

Brazilian Francyne Aparecida Jacintho spikes against the Slovaks
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 3, 2009 – Brazil, the successive six-time South American winners and two-time world champions, started encouragingly against Slovakia. They mixed the spectacular spikes by Samara Rodrigues de Almek and scintillating blocks from Ana Beatriz Silva Correa and Carolina Azedo de Freitas in winning the first set 25-23.
 Slovakia attempted to maintain their poise in the second set, using triple blocks for aggressive spikes from the Brazilians. Still, their efforts were in vain. Hard-attacking Brazil continued their sparkling form, blunting the rivals’ determined attempts. Leading 17-10, the Brazilians never looked back from then on. They allowed Slovakia only three more points to wrap up the comfortable set 25-13.
 Brazil took command in the third set, with Isabela da Silveira Paquiard producing sharp spikes at the net to help her team lead 16-9. Cheered on by a group of their fans at the courtside, Slovakia improved their fortunes by coming close at 14-18 and again 16-20. Still, the Brazilians had enough to hold them off. Brazil eventually won the set 25-18 and their first match.

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