Brazil came out unbeaten to reach the semi-finals of the 2006 women's
volleyball World Championship as the Brazilians eased past China 3-2 here on
Brazil, who won their third straight World Grand Prix title and sixth in all
at Italy last month, rallied from two sets down to beat the Olympic champion
China 24-26, 20-25, 25-21, 25-16, 19-17.
Brazil's Fabiana Claudino (L) spikes
the ball through China's blocker Liu Yanan (C) as Claudino's teammate
Jaqueline Carvalho watches during their second round match at the FIVB
women's Volleyball World Championship in Osaka, western Japan November 9,
"I felt today's game was a really big game, it is just like the final. We
blew some winning opportunities, but finally we came through." said Brazil's
head coach Jose Guimaraes.
Jaqueline Carvalho had 21 points to lead Brazil to its fifth straight victory
of the tournament, Walewska Oliveira and Sheilla Castro added 18 and 16
With the win, Brazil had 10 points and faces a clash with Russia to decided
the top of the group on Sunday.
Russia also had 10 points after defeated the Netherlands 25-17, 25-18 25-16
early on Thursday.
Brazil had too
many unforced errors and lost the first two sets.But after their injured captain
Helia Souza back on court in the third set, the Brazilians began to show their
power over the net.
Chen Zhonghe, head coach of China, praised his players and said, "My players
tried really hard. We played according to our usual style in the first and
second set. But in the third and fourth sets, Brazil's serving improved and
their receiving improved dramatically."
"I could feel a certain amount of difference between Brazil and China. They
were good at rebuilding an attacking trend and we had problems on that point."
Brazil managed a 5-0 run to take the lead 18-14 and another 4-0 run shortly
afterward to extend the gap at 23-18.
China clawed back to 21-24 but could not stop Fabiana Claudino's spiking from
the left side and Brazil took one set back with 25-21.
China did not improve their attack or defense in the fourth set, while Brazil
continued their winning momentum to made it 2-2 with 25-16.
In the deciding set, China again led the game at 8-5, but they made several
mistakes in serving and attacking and Brazil leveled the match at 12-12.
"I thought we may loss the match when we fell behind at 5-8, but fortunately
we finally win the whole match." said Guimaraes.
After tying at 17-17, Claudino again helped Brazil to the match point and
Claudino and Castro combined to block Wang Yimei's spike to seal the victory for