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Brazil secure vital win over Puerto Rico

Brazil celebrate a point as they beat Puerto Rico in their first match of the weekend in Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei, Taipei City, August 20, 2010 – Brazil continued their march to the Final Round of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix with an emphatic straight sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-20) win over Puerto Rico in Chinese Taipei on Friday.

Sharp as always, Brazil began fast and strong as Puerto Rico struggled to receive their opponents serves. Brazil continued to lead after the second TTO and pocketed the set eight points ahead of the Caribbean side.

Brazil carried their momentum through to the next set as a number of young substitutes took to the court to storm to a 12-point lead. Despite am improved defence, the Puerto Ricans continued to struggle and were unable to crack open the Brazilian block as they went down 2-0.

Brazilian coach Jose Roberto Guimarães kept his young substitutes on in third set as Puerto Rico failed to improve as they eventually went down, losing the the defending champions.

The win saw Jacqueline, who started from the bench, reach an important milestone in her career. With the relay scheme promoted by Ze Roberto, the 26-year-old came in the second set to celebrate her 100th victory in the shirt of Brazil.

"It was great. Ze Roberto is giving opportunity for other players and that's important. I did not play a lot, but I supported the team and am very happy. Thanks for the 100th victory," the Olympic champion said.

Tomorrow, Brazil take on hosts Chinese Taipei while Puerto Rico aim to pick up their second win of the competition against Poland.


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