Brazil barges into the FIVB World Grand Prix finals with easy win over Netherlands
Thaisa Menezes and Brazil enters the finals after an easy win over Netherlands. Photo courtesy of FIVB

BANGKOK -- Brazil clobbered Netherlands, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23, to book the first seat in the finals of the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix at Huamark Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Natalia Pereira led the way for the Brazilians with 13 points, scattered from nine hits and four blocks, while Fernanda Rodrigues and Fabiana Claudino added 11 markers apiece and Sheila Castro de Paula Blassioli chipped in 10.

Claudino, team captain of the seven-time champion Brazil that settled for the bronze last year, is hoping that they could learn from their previous games when they face the winner of the match between defending champion USA and Russia.

“We learned so much in our previous games but we still need to improve and get better in our game in the Finals to win the championship,” said Claudino, whose team swept the group stage.

Brazil, which needed an hour and 20 minutes to win the match, capitalized on its tough defense at the net after coming up with 11 blocks and making the most of Netherlands’ poor reception as the Brazilians made four service aces while the Dutch had none.

Celeste Plak had 10 points for the Netherlands, which will face the loser between USA and Russia for the battle for third place on Sunday.

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