24 de nov de 2013
Tokyo, Japan, November 23, 2013 - Russia denied Brazil a chance to clinch the gold medal with a five-set (20-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-9) victory on Saturday in the World Grand Champions Cup.
The result left both teams with 3-1 records in what was a rematch of the 2012 Olympic final won by Russia in similar fashion.
The match marked the first meeting ever between Brazil and Russia in the World Grand Champions Cup. It was the 60th match overall between the countries, with Brazil leading 32-28 alltime.
The South Americans came into the match knowing that a 3-0 or 3-1 victory would clinch the gold for them and took the initiative from the outset.
Dmitriy Ilinykh paced Russia with 21 points, while Dmitriy Muserskiy added 20.
Wallace De Souza led Brazil with 21. Ricardo Lucarelli contributed 14.
Both sides featured huge serves throughout the match, but Russia persevered and prevailed in the end.
After falling behind two sets, the Russians dug deep and went on the attack.
Brazil jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set. A block by Muserskiy saw Brazil up 6-3. Bruno Rezende's spike sent Brazil into the first TTO with an 8-4 lead. Brazil boosted its lead to 12-5 and Russia called a timeout. Mikhaylov's block cut the deficit to 13-7. Nikolay Apalikov fired a spike long and Brazil was up 14-9. A block by Ricardo made it 15-9. Lucas Saatkamp sent a spike right down the middle and Brazil was on top 16-10 at the second TTO.
Ricardo soared for a spike and Brazil was ahead 18-12. De Souza's spike made it 20-15 for Brazil. Apalikov fired a serve long and it was 22-17. After Mikhaylov served into the net Brazil was two points from the set at 23-18. Lucas sent a spike wide and Russia moved within three at 23-20. Brazil then took a timeout. Ricardo's spike gave Brazil set point at 24-20. Brazil took the set 25-20 when a fortuitous return landed just inside the sideline mark. Mikhaylov notched seven points in the set, while Ricardo had six.
Russia established a 5-3 lead in the second set on a service ace by Muserskiy. The big man then fired another one and Brazil called a timeout. A service ace by Lucas moved Brazil within on at 6-5. A reception error allowed to Brazil to level at 6-6. Brazil led 8-6 at the first TTO. A spike by Ilinykh tied it 9-9. Brazil led 13-12 despite a service error by Ricardo. Lucas delivered a perfectly place serve for an ace and Brazil was up 15-12. Brazil led 16-12 at the second TTO.
A block by Sidnei Dos Santo put Brazil's margin up to six at 19-13. Russia then scored four in a row to make it 19-17. A soft return by Wallace saw Brazil in front 21-18. Wallace rose for a spike and Brazil was two points from the set at 23-19. A block by Muserskiy made it 23-21. Lucas then hammered a spike and it was set point at 24-21. Muserskiy then served into the net and Brazil took the set 25-22.
Russia led 8-6 at the first TTO in the third set. Wallace pounded a spike and Brazil trailed 9-8. Another Wallace spiked evened the score 11-11. Lucas fired a service ace and Brazil moved ahead at 14-13. Mauricio Borges smashed a spike putting Brazil up 15-13 and Russia called a timeout. A return error by Russia made it 16-13 at the second TTO.
A block by Andrey Ashchev moved Russia back within one at 16-15. Russia then equalized when Wallace's spike hit the antenna. Mauricio gave Brazil back the lead 17-16 a spike that floored Muserskiy. Ricardo put Brazil up 19-18 with a spike. Wallace made it 20-19 for Brazil with a crosscourt spike. Russia retook the lead 21-20 on a spike. Muserskiy's spike made it 22-21 as Russia fought to stay in the match. Ilinykh hit Evandro Guerra with a serve as he tried to get out of the way and it was 23-21. Pavlov gave Russia the set 25-21 with a spike.
A service ace by Muserskiy gave Brazil a 5-3 lead in the fourth set. Russia was up 8-5 at the first TTO. A spike by Dos Santos pulled Brazil within one at 9-8. Wallace served into the net and Russia led 11-10. Pavlov's spike made it 14-11 for Russia and Brazil called a timeout. A block by Ilinkh put Russia up five at 18-13. Dos Santos served into the net and it was 20-15. Muserskiy crushed a spike and it was 23-16. A Muserskiy block gave Russia set point at 24-16. Russia wrapped up the set 25-17.
A spike by Ilinykh made it 5-2 for Russia as they retained the momentum from the previous two sets. Russia made it 8-4 by the changeover. Maruico's spike made it 9-5, but Russia was relentless as it drove for the line. A block by Evgeny Sivozhelez made it 12-6 and the result was all but academic. Sivozhelez made a kick save to keep a ball alive and Russia gained match point at 14-8. Wallace fired a serve long and Russia claimed the match 15-9.
23 de nov de 2013
A derrota da Seleção Brasileira por 3 sets a 2 neste sábado, em Tóquio, não só foi a quarta seguida sofrida para a Rússia, como também a responsável por evitar a festa pelo tetracampeonato da Copa dos Campeões de voleibol masculino com uma rodada de antecedência. Apesar disto, após a partida, o treinador Bernadinho evitou se queixar da maneira como o tropeço foi amargado e preferiu exaltar a proximidade da equipe verde e amarela em conquistar mais um título.
"É triste perder para a Rússia, mas o título está nas nossas mãos. Continuamos na frente e temos que ganhar amanhã. Estar no lugar mais alto do pódio é a nossa intenção aqui nesse campeonato", declarou o comandante, que neste sábado, sofreu uma derrota que dói muito mais pela maneira como aconteceu, do que pelas consequências que podem acarretar na tabela de classificação. Isto porque a sua equipe esteve muito perto da vitória.
Começou o jogo de maneira arrasadora e abriu dois sets de vantagem sobre o russos, com parciais de 25/20 e 25/22. Na terceira etapa, chegou a ter três pontos de frente, mas viu o gigante Dmitriy Muserskiy brilhar e liderar a virada, para fechar em 25/21. O quarto e quintos sets, por sua vez, foram completamente dominados pelos europeus, que não tiveram nenhuma dificuldade para encerrar a partida com 25/17 e 15/9.
"A Rússia teve méritos, mas foi um jogo bem jogado. Serve como lição. Fizemos dois sets espetaculares, o terceiro foi igual até o final e as mexidas deles surtiram efeito", concluiu Bernardinho, que foi acompanhado pelo oposto Wallace - maior pontuador do Brasil com 21 acertos: "Óbvio que a derrota dói, mas temos a oportunidade de chegar ao primeiro lugar amanhã (domingo) e vamos buscar esse resultado", declarou o oposto. Além de impedir o tetracampeonato da Copa dos Campeões, a derrota deste sábado aumentou o jejum dos comandados de Bernardinho diante da Rússia.
Agora, são quatro tropeços seguidos para a seleção do leste europeu no período de um ano.Três deles, aliás, em momentos decisivos (além do desta manhã, o da final olímpica de 2012, em Londres, e o da decisão da Liga Mundial de 2013, em Mar del Plata). A Seleção Brasileira volta à quadra pela Copa dos Campeões neste domingo, às 01h10 (de Brasília), diante da Itália, em confronto válido pela última rodada do torneio. O selecionado verde e amarelo precisa de uma vitória simples para garantir o título, que, por outro lado, irá se transformar em vice-campeonato em caso de derrota sem tie-break.
22 de nov de 2013
20 de nov de 2013
17 de nov de 2013
16 de nov de 2013
Tokyo, Japan, November 16, 2013 – Olympic champions Brazil moved one step closer to winning the title of the FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup following their 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19) victory over Russia on Saturday.
The win enabled the Brazilian side to stay undefeated in four outings with a total of 12 points. Russia dropped to 1-3 and four points.
The South American champions and top ranked team in the world held a 15-10 advantage in the blockings and also dominated in the aces category 9-4.
Fernanda Garay topped the balanced offence of Brazil with 17 points, including four blocks and three aces, followed by Fabiana Claudino with 14 and four blocks. Sheilla Castro and Natalia Pereira each added 13 tallies.
Natalia Mahlyk and Liubov Shashkova were the top offensive performers for Russia with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
In the other matches of Saturday, United States survived a five-set battle with Thailand and Japan beat the Dominican Republic in straight sets to maintain alive their hopes for the crown.
USA held off a resilient Thailand in five sets (13-25, 27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13) to raise their record to 3-1 for seven points, while Thailand dropped to 0-4 but picked up their first point in the tournament.
Jordan Larson-Burbach led USA with 23 points, while middle-blockers Lauren Paolini and Cursty Jackson contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the win. Thailand’s Onuma Sittirak had a tournament-high 28 points in the losing cause.
“It was another tough battle for us but again USA had a wonderful team effort,” American coach Karch Kiraly said. “Every one of our 12 athletes made an important contribution for our win today.”
In the nightcap, Japan scored a 25-17, 25-19, 29-27 victory over the Dominican Republic to improve their record to 3-1 with 9 points while the losers descended to 1-3 with three points.
Saori Kimura and Saori Sakoda each contributed 14 points in the victory, followed by 11 points from Yuki Ishii. Brayelin Martinez scored 12 points for the defeated side and Annerys Vargas was next with 9, including five blocks.
“Today our serve and defense were as I had expected going into this match,” Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe said. “I thought blocking the Dominicans would be hard, so I tried to get our team to have blocking and defense in sync, and in the end it worked out well.”
Brazil and Japan face each other in the last contest of Sunday with Japan needing a 3-0 victory to secure the title. USA meet Dominican Republic and Russia play with Thailand in the first two matches.
Top Scorer by Day
25 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
20 - Jordan Larson-Burbach of United States v Japan on 13-11-13
20 - Kelly Murphy of United States v Japan on 13-11-13
26 - Natalia Malikh of Russia v United States on 15-11-13
28 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v United States on 16-11-13
Top Scoring Performances
28 - Onuma Sittirak of Thailand v United States on 16-11-13
26 - Natalia Malikh of Russia v United States on 15-11-13
25 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
23 - Jordan Larson-Burbach of United States v Russia on 15-11-13
23 - Jordan Larson-Burbach of United States v Thailand on 16-11-13
Top Blocking Performances
6 - Iulia Morozova of Russia v Dominican Republic on 13-11-13
5 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
5 - Natalia Dianskaya of Russia v Dominican Republic on 13-11-13
5 - Annerys Vargas of Dominican Republic v Japan on 16-11-13
Top Serving Performances
4 - Bethania De la Cruz of Dominican Republic v Thailand on 12-11-13
4 - Saori Kimura of Japan v Russia on 12-11-13
4 - Riho Otake of Japan v Russia on 12-11-13
Top Team-Blocking Performances
21 - Russia v Dominican Republic on 13-11-13
17 - Brazil v Thailand on 13-11-13
17 - Russia v United States on 15-11-13
15 - Brazil v Russia on 16-11-13
14 - Russia v Japan on 12-11-13
Top Team-Serving Performances
11 - Japan v Russia on 12-11-13
Highest Scoring Sets
29-27 Japan v Thailand (2nd Set) on 15-11-13
29-27 Japan v Dominican Republic (3rd Set) on 16-11-13
28-26 Russia v Japan (2nd Set) on 12-11-13
27-25 United States v Thailand (2nd Set) on 16-11-13
Highest Scoring Matches
211 – United States v Thailand 3-2 (13-25, 27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13) on 16-11-13
210 - United States d Russia 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 15-13) on 15-11-13
15 de nov de 2013
13 de nov de 2013
Victoriia Chaplina led Russia with 19 points in the 3-1 win over Dominican Republic
Nagoya, Japan, November 13, 2013 - European champion Russia notched up its first victory with a four-set win (25-14, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15) over the Dominican Republic in their World Grand Champions Cup round-robin match on Wednesday.
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.
Victoriia 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. Shashakov 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.
USA relied on big power to defeat Japan on Wednesday
Nagoya, Japan, November 13, 2013 - The United States defeated Japan in four sets (25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21) in their round-robin match at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Wednesday night.
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.
12 de nov de 2013
Titular no embate entre Brasil e Estados Unidos, nesta terça-feira, Natália foi uma das principais responsáveis pelo triunfo por 3 sets a 0, com parciais de 26/24, 26/24 e 25/20. Autora de 13 pontos, a ponteira foi a principal pontuadora da equipe verde-amarela, ao lado de Fernanda Garay.
Apesar de seu desempenho, a camisa 12 destacou o equilíbrio do confronto disputado no Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall, no Japão. "Foi um jogo que qualquer uma das duas equipes poderia ter vencido. Os dois primeiros sets foram muito apertados e começamos atrás no terceiro.
Conseguimos buscar no meio da terceira parcial, o que foi muito importante para nossa vitória. Iniciar uma competição como essa com um resultado positivo é muito importante", afirmou a ponteira. Com o resultado obtido nesta terça-feira, o Brasil lidera a tabela de classificação da competição intercontinental, à frente de República Dominicana e Japão, que venceram Tailândia e Rússia, respectivamente.
O time nacional volta a entrar nesta quarta-feira, quando mede forças com as tailandesas. Organizada pela Federação Internacional de Vôlei (FIVB, na sigla em inglês), a Copa dos Campeões foi realizada pela primeira vez em 1993. Ausente na primeira edição da competição, o Brasil marcou presença nos quatro torneios seguintes e chegou ao título em 2005, triunfando diante dos Estados Unidos. Além disso, conquistou medalha de prata em 2009 e de bronze em 1997.