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Volleyball - 27. July 2009.

Brazil wins World Championship third round tournament

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Betim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, July 26, 2009 - One year and 13 days. Six tournaments, six gold medals.

Three of these titles were conquered in 2008 - the FIVB World Grand Prix, Beijing Olympic Games and the Final Four.

On Sunday, one day after assuring qualification for the FIVB World Championship 2010 Final Round, Brazil achieved its third title in 2009. Winner of the Montreux Volley Masters and Pan-American Cup, Brazil beat Peru 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-12) in the gold medal match of the World Championship Third Round on home soil.

Despite the loss, Peru won silver at the tournament and will also represent South America in the Final Round.

With six points, wing-spiker Mari was the top scorer of the first set. Peru had a slim lead at the first technical timeout (8-7), but it was as good as it got as Brazil reacted with a vengeance and closed the first 25-14 after a mistake by their rivals.

In the second set, "locals" Sassa and Sheilla led Brazil to a 25-12 win after a serve point. Once again, Mari led all scorers with nine points.

Peru held a two-point lead in the beginning of the third set, but three mistakes in a row saw the advantage disappear. When the scoreboard showed 12-7 to Brazil, the huge crowd started chanting "Brazil is the champion." With Joycinha scoring two points a few moments after entering the match and Peru committing a mistake, Brazil won 25-12 and closed the match.

Evaluating his team, Brazilian head coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes said: "They are ready to start the World Grand Prix next week in Rio de Janeiro at about 70 percent of their potential, but we need to practice and improve."

Guimaraes took his hat off to his South American rivals, but noted one major drawback with the teams: "Peru and Argentina are improving a lot, but their height is still a problem."

In the bronze medal match, Venezuela beat Argentina 3-1 (25-23,16-25,25-22, 25-21) but both teams failed to qualify for the Final Round in Japan next fall.

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