Brazil shows astonishing performance in Sapporo. Match against Serbia was from the tougher ones, but Brazil achieves 3-0 win again.
BRAZIL – SRBIA 3-0 (27-25 25-21 25-22)
Line-ups and scores:
Brazil: Dani Lins (3), Gabriela (14), Fabiana (5), Sheilla (19), Fe Garay (13), Thaisa (10), Fabi (L) and Monique, Michelle, Juciely (1)
Serbia: Zivkovic (3), Malesevic (5), Ninkovic (13), Bjelica (19), Nikolic (5), Veljkovic (9), Majstorovic (L) and Molnar
Serbia came up with some good early hits from Nadja Ninkovic and Ana Bjelica and were four points ahead at the first technical timeout. But good blocking by Danielle Lins and Fernanda Rodrigues helped Brazil draw level at 9-9. More big hitting from Bjelica opened up another Serbia lead and Brazil coach Ze Roberto called a timeout at 11-14. Sheilla Castro blocked Tijana Malesevic to level the scores at 18 and there was little between the two teams after that. Serbia saved two setpoints before Rodrigues took control and ended the set with two thunderous blows.
Blocks from Thaisa Menezes and Sheilla helped Brazil move into a 9-4 lead in the second set, while Rodrigues came up with a classy tipover and two big blocks to keep the pressure on Serbia. Ninkovic then served up two aces to help reduce the gap from five to two points at 12-10, but Brazil were five points again up at the second TTO. Ninkovic sent down a couple of missiles to narrow the gap to 20-17 but a netted serve by Bojana Zivkovic handed Brazil six setpoints. They blew three of them before Gabriela Guimaraes crashed a shot over the net to put Brazil 2-0 up.
Serbia got their blocking right early in the third set. Stefana Veljkovic stopped Rodrigues before her teammate Ninkovic scored three blocks in a row – two on Thaisa and one on Guimaraes. That gave Serbia a three-point lead at the first TTO, but Brazil were quickly back in the game after a couple of hits from Sheilla tied the scores at 8-8. A service ace by Fabiana Claudino saw Brazil into a four-point lead at 17-13 but three straight Brazil errors narrowed the gap to one point at 18-17. Veljkovic served long to make the score 21-18 and a great block by Cristina Barreto on Bjelica gave Brazil a four-point cushion. Guimaraes brought matchpoint with a rocket and finished things off with another strong hit.
ActionsSpike pointsSpike %BlockServeDigReceptionSets noteUnforced ErrorsBrazil4743%1532137%8.3325Serbia4436%641748%719
Actions/PlayersPointsSpike pointsSpike %Spike errorsBlockServeUnforced ErrorsSheilla Castro191547%3404Ana Bjelica191838%101010
Brazil after 4th win 3-0 in a row will gewt at least silver. The only one competitor, who can beat “Canarinhas” is Chinese team, coached by Lang Ping. If they want to WGP title, they have to beat Japan first. Then, having 10 or 11 points China should beat Brazil 3-0 or 3-1, but with team playing like that it’s almost like “Mission Impossible”.