Nagoya, Japan, September 9, 2017 – Tandara Caixeta led with 19 points to guide Brazil to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-23) win over Korea in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Saturday.
Tandara had an all-around game with 13 attacks, three blocks and three aces to lead the Brazilian double-digit scorers. Rosamaria Montibeller, Natalia Pereira and Ana Carolina scored 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Lee Jaeyong made a solo effort for Korea with 16 points.
Brazil recovered from two consecutive five-set defeats to China and Japan at the World Grand Champions Cup. Brazil are unbeaten and have not dropped a set in their head-to-head series with Korea in the competition.
Tandara and Rosamaria teamed-up to dominate Korea in the first set. Korea so much on defence in the second set, as the Brazilians relentlessly scored from all angles. The Asian side fought hard and were rewarded with the lead, but Brazil sparked a final run that secured the straight set victory.
Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes: Today, we showed good attitude as a team. Korea is an Asian team and have excellent attacking capabilities, especially the technique to deliver the ball in good places. We prepared very well and performed well against them. We passed the ball well and our counter-attack and service were good, so I’m satisfied with the result.
Scoring blocking points has been a fundamental source of points for Brazilian volleyball and it’s certainly been true this season, in this competition and in training. But in the two matches we played against Japan this year, we were not able to do that so much.
Brazil captain Natalia Pereira: Today, we got off to a better start than yesterday and we had better concentration. But in the third set, we allowed them to score many points and in the remaining match we must be more careful. However, we won today and I’d like to praise my team.
Korea coach Hong Sungjin: Our players are still trying to figure out how to play against tall players. In the Korean domestic competition, they usually play against shorter players as compared to this competition. But they are starting to understand and in the third set our spiking became more diversified and our players were starting to hit in different directions.
Korea captain Kim Su Ji: In the first and second sets, we were a bit down but the younger players didn’t give up and just tried to score point by point and that was good to see.
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