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Brazil brush aside Cuba in straight sets

Brazil's block caused constant problems for the Cuba attack on Friday
Bangkok, Thailand, August 19, 2011 – FIVB world No.1 Brazil overwhelmed Cuba with their power and strength to win their opening match of the weekend in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in straight sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-12) on Friday in Bangkok, Thailand and book their spot in the finals of the premier annual women’s tournament.

The win means Brazil will join Russia and hosts China in Macua next weekend as they look to recapture the crown they lost to USA in last year’s edition.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

The indomitable giants Brazil, unbeaten in the first two weeks, fielded a strong line-up including Sheilla Castro, Thaisa Menezes and Marianne Steinbrecher, while Yanelis Santos Allegne, Kenia Carcaces Opon and Yusidey Silie Frometa formed the backbone of the Cuban side.

Brazil started aggressively in the first set, with Marianne penetrating the Cuban defence with her devastating mid-court spikes and Sheilla carrying out well-placed serves to the back court to help the eight-time champions lead 14-9. Cuba hit back gallantly as Carcaces and Yoana Palacio Mendoza produced an offensive combination to overcome Brazil’s triple block and score some crucial points. But the Brazilians remained strong offensively to blunt the rivals’ attack and seal the set.

The second set saw Brazil find their rhythm as they initially led 15-7. Cuba continued to commit unforced errors in both their spike and serve as the South Americans went further ahead. Despite their determined effort the Cubans still found Brazil an impossible nut to crack and they eventually went down as Brazil edged ever closer to the win.

The third set was again dominated by Brazil thanks largely to the 196cm-tall Thaisa’s lightning-fast spikes at the net. Brazil led at 12-5 before Yanelys Santos Allegne came out with some kills to help Cuba challenge the Brazilians competitively. However, a fired-up Brazil stormed back with added aggression to win the set and the match.
Saturday will see Brazil take on Argentina and Cuba facing hosts Thailand.


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