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05/09/2017 15:38
Brazil, China and Japan start Grand Champions Cup on a high note
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Tokyo, Japan, September 5, 2017. Tandara Caixeta scored 28 points to help Brazil in their 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-23, 25-12) win over Russia in the opening match of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Tandara showed a great all-around game with 20 attacks, four blocks and four aces, as Gabriela Guimaraes and Ana Beatriz Correa scored 14 points apiece for Brazil. The South Americans had a commendable performance with 18 blocks, including Ana Carolina Da Silva’s six and Ana Beatriz’s five. Nataliya Goncharova and Tatiana Kosheleva ran Russia’s offence with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Brazil are on a roll after winning this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix as they opened their World Grand Champions Cup campaign with a win that will help them in their quest for their third gold medal in the history of the tournament.

Later in the day, Zhu Ting delivered a strong performance on offence and defence as she led China to a 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-17) win over USA.

Zhu topped all scorers with 21 points, including 16 attacks, 4 blocks and an ace. Three more players – Zhang Changning, Yuan Xinyue and Zeng Chunlei – scored in double figures to contribute to the Chinese offence with 18, 14 and 13 points, respectively. Rachael Adams, Foluke Akinradewo and Jordan Larson scored 13, 12 and 11 points for USA, but not enough to outplay the Chinese side, which ruled with 56 attacks, 14 blocks and 7 aces.

China have now a 3-1 edge in victories over USA in the World Grand Champions Cup, where the reigning Olympic champions won the first two meetings in 1993 and 2001, followed by USA’s victory in 2005.

Rika Nomoto guided Japan to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 26-24) win over their continental rivals Korea in the final match of the opening day at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Nomoto’s double-digit output for Japan in the opening set led to an 18-point finish, which included 17 attacks and a block. Mami Uchiseto and Risa Shinnabe added 13 and 12 points, while their setter Koyomi Tominaga also contributed in scoring with 5 points. Ha Hyejin and Lee Jaeyeong led Korea with 20 and 16 points on a losing effort.

Japan have won their opening game in the World Grand Champions Cup in six of the previous seven editions, with the five-set loss against Poland in 2005 as the only exception. Japan have extended their perfect record over Korea in the tournament to five wins.

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