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Volleyball - 13. August 2008.

Three and easy for Brazil as win over Serbia has Guimaraes purring


The Brazilian Women notched their third straight 3-0 win Wednesday against Serbia

Beijing, China, August 13, 2008 – Three-sy does it for the Brazilian Women.

The South Americans secured their third straight 3-0 victory in the Olympic Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday with a win over Serbia that had Head Coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes purring.

"We have improved our blocking, defence and serving since the World Grand Prix final round and I don't know what else we can improve on," said Guimaraes. "I just hope that we can keep playing like this."

The Brazilians are in sensational form at the start of the Beijing Games and they followed up whitewashes against Algeria and Athens silver medallists Russia with another impressive performance against Olympic first-timers Serbia in Pool B at Capital Indoor Stadium.

"We are in good shape, but we did not expect to win over Russia and Serbia this way,” said Guimarares, who led Brazil to their seventh FIVB World Grand Prix triumph before Beijing.

But Guimaraes sounded a note of warning in case complacency started to creep into his team.

"There is a risk that the players would think it is easy (to win), we must stop that from happening,” said Guimaraes. “We have to forget the victory and focus on our next match against Kazakhstan.”

Brazil face Kazakhstan on Friday at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

Brazil’s Walewska Oliveira sounded confident when talking of her team’s gold-medal chances.

"We still have a long way to go to get the gold but we also have many opportunities," said Walewska, who contributed 11 points against Serbia. "We will reach the final, step by step."

A sanguine Serbia Head Coach Zoran Terzic could only doff his cap to the brilliant Brazilians, who are looking for their first Olympic gold.

"Brazil played an extraordinary game,” said Terzic. “It is difficult to say how much the result is our fault and why Brazil was so good.

"There are some things we didn't do as we planned. Others we did as best as we could, but Brazil know how to neutralize that."

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