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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-14) - duration 1:14
13-Jul, start time: 14:05, end time: 15:19 - Attendance: 5'950
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Brazil overpower Dutch in straight sets
Sendai, Japan, July 13, 2005 -- Defending champions Brazil made a business-like start to the World Grand Prix finals on Wednesday.
The South Americans beat the Netherlands 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-14) in 68 minutes to join Cuba on one win.
Brazil won the first set 25-22 in 24 minutes thanks to six spikes from Paula Pequeno and four from Sheilla Castro.
The Dutch, proving that they deserved to be in such distinguished company, replied with five apiece from Manon Flier and Chane Staelens.
In the second set, the teams were locked at 18-18 before Brazil pulled away.
Again it was Pequeno who made some crucial breakthroughs, giving Brazil set point at 24-20 and then finishing the job 25-22 after the Dutch had saved two set points.
In the third set, Brazil reached the first technical time-out in control at 8-2 as the Dutch struggled to keep pace with their lightning attacks.
Even if Pequeno was blocked on the left, captain Valeska Menezes and Welissa "Sassa" Gonzaga found space down the middle.
Closing in on a straight-sets victory, Brazil had a seven-point cushion at the second technical break, 16-9.
The Dutch made too many unforced errors as Brazil kept up a high tempo, and it was only a matter of time before victory was complete.
From 19-12, Brazil jumped to 24-12 behind the serving of Jaqueline Carvalho, and Renata Colombo sealed the victory with a delicate winner on the left.
Pequeno finished with a game-high 17 points, all spikes, and Flier scored 15 for the Dutch.