USA lose to Brazil in five sets
BANGKOK, Thailand, August 15, 2014 –
Defending champions Brazil recovered from a two-set deficit to
claim a 3-2 (29-31 22-25 25-22 25-19 15-10) victory over USA in
their opening FIVB World Grand Prix Pool G match at the Hua Mark
Indoor Stadium on Friday.
The Brazilians remain as the only undefeated team this year with
a 7-0 win-loss mark and 20 points. Meanwhile, United States
dropped to a 3-4 mark.
Thaisa Menezes and Sheilla Castro led Brazil with 23 and 20
points, respectively, while American Kelly Murphy had a
match-high 26 points of the losers.
Also in Bangkok, a determined Thai team showed its home fans
excellent teamwork to pull off a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 20-25,
25-22) victory over Dominican Republic.
Onuma Sittirak led Thailand with 22 points, including two blocks
and three aces. The winners held a 12-4 advantage in the aces
category. Elizabeth Martinez finished with 18 points for the
In the Final Four of Group 2 in Poland, the Netherlands defeated
a brave Puerto Rico 3-1 (22-25, 31-29, 25-20, 25-12).
Celeste Plak led the balanced offense of the winners with 13
points. Karina Ocasio and Aury Cruz finished with 24 and 19
points, respectively for Puerto Rico.