After two days only Brazil is unbeaten in World Grand Champions Cup. After two days spent in Nagoya, tomorrow teams will have a rest day and they will travel to Tokyo. There, from Friday to Sunday we will see next 9 games.



Today results:

BRAZIL – THAILAND 3-0 (25-18 25-17 25-17) MVP: Adenizia Silva
Brazil: Fabiola (3), Tandara (14), Walewska (10), Sheilla (7), Natalia (4), Adenizia (14), Camila Brait (L) and Michelle (3), Claudia, Monique (6), Carol Gattaz
Thailand: Nootsara (1), Onuma (12), Thatdao (2), Tapahaipun (8), Wilavan (3), Pleumjit (5), Wanna (L), Piyanut (L) and Malika (9), Pornpun

The comprehensive victory improved Brazil’s record to 2-0 and the maximum six points in the competition. Thailand had difficulty dealing with the height of the South Americans and fell to 0-2 with the defeat. Adenizia Silva and Tandara Caixeta led the Brazilians with 14 points in the win. Veteran Walewska Oliveira contributed 10 points in the victory. Onuma Sittirak was the top scorer with 12 for Thailand in the loss. Brazil received and passed well in the clinical triumph, which saw it record 17 points on blocks.
Thailand established a 5-3 lead in the first set following a spike by Tomkom Nootsara. Brazil surged back with five straight points to lead 8-5 at the first TTO. Caixeta blasted a spike to extend the lead to 11-6. A nice dink by Silva ended an extended rally and put Brazil up 13-9. A block by Sheilla Castro made it 15-10 and Caixeta’s spike sent Brazil into the second TTO with a 16-11 margin. Onuma’s spike into the net gave Brazil a 19-14 lead. Caixeta spiked again and it was 21-14. Brazil ran some nice option plays on the way to the big lead. A block by Silva put Brazil within two points of the set at 23-16. Another block by Brazil gave them the set at 25-18. Silva and Caixeta had six points in the set, while Onuma tallied eight.
Castro’s service ace put Brazil in front 5-3 in the second set. Brazil showed it could play a finesse game as well as a power one with some deft dinks on the way to an 8-3 lead at the first TTO. A reception error by Onuma boosted the Brazilian advantage to 11-3. Thinkaow Pleumjit’s spike made it 14-5 as Thailand tried to reduce the deficit. Silva’s spike gave Brazil a 16-8 lead at the second TTO. Onuma did her best at the net, but was repeatedly met with a wall of Brazilian defenders repelling her spikes. Kanthong Malika connected on a spike for 18-10. After Thailand pulled within six points at 18-12, Brazil called a timeout. Silva soared for a spike and Brazil was ahead 20-13. Pleumjit’s dink made it 22-15. Walewska Oliveira gave Brazil a set point at 24-16 with a spike. They claimed the set 25-17 when Thailand could not handle a spike by Silva.
Brazil kept up their aggressive play in the final set and led a 8-4 at the first TTO after a spike by Fabiola Sousa. Pleujmit’s spike made it 9-5. Thailand moved with four at 11-7 after an extended rally ended with a spike by Kanthong Malika. A service ace by Silva took it to 14-8. A reception error by Brazil pulled Thailand within three points at 15-12. Caixeta’s spike put Brazil up 16-13 at the second TTO. Another spike by Caixeta took the score to 20-14 as Brazil looked to close out the match. Onuma could not handle a pass and Thailand took a final timeout while trailing 22-15. A huge spike by Caixeta made it match point and Brazil closed it out on a final spike by Caixeta.

Team Stats:

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Team Leaders:

ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrorsAdenizia Silva141063%311Sittirak Onuma121132%0111


RUSSIA – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 3-1 (25-14 22-25 25-23 25-15) MVP: Viktoria Chaplina
Russia: Pankova (3), Chaplina (19), Morozova (11), Malykh (9), Sokolova (16), Shlyakhovaya (5), Kryuchkova (L), Malova (L) and Isaeva (7), Startseva, Dianskaya (8), Pasynkova
Dominican Republic: Marte Frica, De La Cruz De Peńa (12), Vargas Valdez (9), Mambru Casilla (11), Rivera Brens (12), Arias Perez (6), Castillo (L) and Martinez (4), Echenique Medina, Peńa (1), Fersola Norberto (1)

Both sides have now win-loss records of 1-1 in the six-team competition as the Russians extended their dominance over Dominican Republic to 10-0 in head-to-head matches. Victoria Chaplina recorded a match-high 19 points for Russia. Liubov Shashkova contributed 16 in the win while Iulia Morozova added 11 tallies. Prisilla Rivera and Bethania De La Cruz led the Dominicans with 12 points apiece. Gina Mambru added 11 points. Russia’s huge frontline presented problems for the Dominican Republic from the outset of the match. The European team recorded a tournament-high 21 blocks with Morozova and Natalia Dianskaya leading the way with six and five, respectively. There were very few extended rallies in the contest as both sides relied upon a power game to score. The Dominican Republic played much better in the second set by displaying good teamwork. The third set belonged to the Dominicans until they fell apart late and allowed Russia to go on a 10-2 run to take it. Russia took charge in the fourth set as the Dominican Republic made several unforced errors.
A spike by Natalia Malykh put Russia up 4-1 in the first set. A fine block by Iuliia Morozova made it 6-2. Niverka Marte’s spike for the Dominican Republic took the score to 7-3 Russia led 8-4 at the first TTO following. Anastasia Shylakhovaya uncorked a crosscourt spike to put Russia in front 11-6. A powerful spike by Shashkova boosted the advantage to 15-7. Chaplina’s spike sent Russia into the second TTO up 16-9. Marte’s spike made it 17-10 as the Dominicans tried to keep contact. Daria Isaeva’s spike increased the lead to 20-10. The Dominicans had trouble with receiving and Russia continued to move toward the set. A service error by Rivera put Russia within two points at 23-13. Russia claimed the set on a service error by Candida Arias
The Dominican Republic took a 5-4 lead in the second set on a nice dink by Rivera. Gina Mambru soared for a spike off a nice feed by Brenda Castillo and the Dominicans led 8-5 at the first TTO. Russia missed a spike and the count went to 10-7. Rivera then launched a service ace as the Caribbeans tried to build momentum. Marte’s deft dink took the tally to 12-9. A nice option play by Russia resullted in a spike by Morozova and tied it 12-12. Isaeva’s spike put Russia in front 14-13. A service error by De La Cruz saw Russia lead 16-15 at the second TTO. A service ace by Vargas put the Dominicans back in the lead at 17-16. Shlyakhovaya sent a spike into the net and the Dominicans were on top 20-18. Trailing 23-19, Russia called a timeout. A service error by Isaeva gave the Dominican Republic set point at 24-20. Isaeva sent a spike long and the Dominicans took the set 25-22. 
Rivera spotted a soft return into an empty space in the center of the Russia defense as the Dominican Republic took a 5-4 lead in the third set. The Dominicans led 8-6 after the first TTO following a passing mistake by Russia. Mambru’s crosscourt spike made it 10-8 for the Dominicans. A dink by Isaeva took it to 13-11. Vargas fired a service ace and the Dominican Republic took a 16-11 margin into the second TTO. Brayelin Martinez kept up the Dominican charge with a spike that made it 19-13. When Malykh sent a spike long the lead was 20-15. Russia then went on a 5-1 to run to pull within a point at 21-20. A rare long rally ended with a Russian block and the score was knotted 22-22. Shashkova just got a spike over the net and Russia pulled ahead 23-22. A huge spike by Chaplina gave Russia set point at 24-22. Vargas sent a serve wide and Russia captured the set 25-22.

Shashkova’s spike staked Russia to a 5-4 lead in the fourth set. Malykh drove another spike and Russia led 8-6 at the first TTO. After falling behind 12-7, the Dominican Republic called a timeout to try and stop the slide. It was 14-10 after a service error by Marte. Russia was up 16-10 at the second TTO. Good defense led to a 19-11 Russia lead and the Dominicans took a timeout. Another Shashkova spike made it 22-15 as the Russians looked to complete the victory. They clinched it when the Dominicans could not handle a final spike.

Team Stats:

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Team Leaders:

ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrorsVictoria Chaplina191652%306Bethania De La Cruz121130%107


JAPAN – UNITED STATES 1-3 (19-25 19-25 25-19 21-25) MVP: Kristin Hildebrand
Japan: Nakamichi (1), Kimura (13), Sakoda (3), Shinnabe, Ishii (19), Otake (4), Sato (L) and Oumi (7), Nagaoka (8), Nagamatsu, Iwasaka (6), Hirai (1)
USA: Glass (7), Larson-Burbach (20), Gibbemeyer (9), Murphy (20), Hildebrand (16), Paolini (8), Banwarth (L) and Hagglund, Lichtmann (1), Hill (1)

The result left both sides with 1-1 records as the event moves to Tokyo and resumes play on Friday. Jordan Larson-Burbach and Kelly Murphy paced the U.S. with 20 points apiece in the triumph. Kristin Hildebrand added 16, including four blocks. Yuki Ishii was the top scorer for Japan with 19 points. Saori Kimura had 13 in the loss. A day after losing to Olympic champion Brazil in straight sets, the U.S. was all business. Despite several early mistakes, the U.S. took charge in the first set and had the momentum for the majority of it. Japan, which beat European champion Russia in its opening match on Tuesday, came out sluggish and had trouble mobilizing its attack. The U.S. did a good job of neutralizing Japan star Saori Sakoda, who had only three points through the first two sets, one night after she notched 17 against Russia. The Americans executed well in all facets of the game in the victory. Japan struggled with receiving throughout the evening.
A block by Kristin Hildebrand put the U.S. up 5-4 in the first set. A spike by Kimura moved Japan ahead 6-5. Six of Japan’s first seven points came off U.S. errors. The U.S. led 8-7 at the first TTO. Sakoda soared for a spike and Japan was done by one at 11-10. A spike by Yuki Ishii tied it 13-13. Hildebrand’s spike mad it 15-13 for the U.S. A high block by Hildebrand sent the U.S. into the first TTO with a 16-13 lead. The U.S. extended its lead to 19-15 on a spike by Lauren Paolini and Japan called a timeout. Jordan Larson-Burbach elevated for a crosscourt spike and the margin grew to 22-15. Lauren Gibbemeyer’s spike gave the U.S. set point at 24-18. Gibbemeyer ended the set 25-19 with another spike. Hildebrand and Larson each have five points in the set.
The U.S. counld not handle an Ishii spike and Japan went ahead 5-4 in the second set. Kimura’s spike made it 7-6 for Japan. She then connected on another and Japan was on top 8-7 at the first TTO. An Ishii spike gave Japan a 12-10 edge. Hildebrand’s spike pulled the U.S. within one at 13-12. The U.S. then pulled ahead at 15-13 with two more points from Hildebrand and Japan called a timeout. The U.S. led 16-13 at the second TTO. A Paolini spike put the U.S. up 18-15. The U.S. was in front 20-16 after Japan was unable to handle a spike. Gibbemeyer ended the longest rally of the match with a spike and the U.S. was two points from the set at 23-16. The U.S. made several fine defensive plays to keep plays alive. Japan ran off three straight points and the U.S. called a timeout. Yukino Nagamitsu sent a serve long and the U.S. had set point at 24-19. Kelly Murphy gave the set to the U.S. at 25-19 with a thunderous spike.
Japan came out determined in the third set and grabbed an 8-4 lead at the first TTO after a U.S. spike went long. A Kimura spike put Japan up 10-5 and it looked like they had finally found their footing. A nice return by Miyu Nagaoka gave Japan a 14-9 edge and the U.S. took a timeout. Akari Oumi sent Japan into the second TTO with a 16-9 lead on a spike. Murphy blasted a spike as the U.S. pulled back within four at 16-12 and Japan called a timeout. A spike by Oumi put the Japan lead back at five ata 19-14. Nagoaka’s spike made it 21-14 as Japan moved closer to the set. A U.S. return was wide and Japan was ahead 23-16. A net infraction gave Japan set point at 24-16. The U.S. fought back with three straight points. A block by Nana Iwasaka gave Japan the set 25-19.

A Larson-Burbach spike gave the U.S. a 5-4 lead in the fourth set. Ishii equalized at 6-6 with a spike. Paolini’s dink made it 7-6 for the U.S. The Americans led 8-7 at the first TTO. Murphy scored three straight points and the U.S. went up 11-8. Hildebrand made it 13-8 with a spike. Oumi served into the net and the U.S. led 15-12. The U.S. was in front 16-12 at the second TTO. Kimura’s spike brought Japan within three at 17-14 and U.S. coach Karch Kiraly took a timeout. A Larson-Burbach spike made it 19-15. Hildebrand’s block put the U.S. up 21-17 and the summit was clearly in sight. When Murphy fired a spike long, Japan was within two at 21-19. Murphy connected with another spike and the U.S. was two points from the win at 23-20. After Oumi could not handle a shot, it was match point for the U.S. It ended with one final spike from Murphy.

Today new Japanese system didn’t work so good as yesterday. Saori Sakoda was changed quickly for Miyu Nagaoka, who was another “false MB”. I wonder why the best Japanese MB in team, Nana Iwasaka spent so much time on bench, Surprising is also lack of powerful wing-spiker Yukiko Ebata, who second time in a row wasn’t even in 12 roster for match, though she’s in team’s tournament 14 roster.

Team Stats:

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Team Leaders:

ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrorsYuki Ishii191846%105Jordan Larson-Burbach201843%208



RankTeamWin/LossSetsSmall PointsPoints1.Brazil2/06-0152-12062.Dominicana1/14-3152-16433.Russia1/14-4185-17934.Japan1/14-4186-18235.USA1/13-4162-16136.Thailand0/20-6119-1500

Descriptions: FIVB

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