It was the first match of the day, Match 73, as FIVB WORLD GRAND PRIX 2012 commences its final round.

It was so exciting because the top two of the world’s best teams are going to compete. Time to revenge from the Brazilians because they were swept in the second round by the Americans (3-1) 25-20,18-25,18-25,23-25.

The match favored with the Americans in the early two sets, 25-19,25-20, of course with the superb kills by Megan Hodge and Heather Bown’s massive blocks, but the Brazilians made their run in the third and fourth sets respectively, 25-20,25-13. It seemed that the Americans lost their momentum and Shiela Castro continued to shower her powerful spikes from Brazil plus Paula Pequeno’s unanswerable kills.

The most exciting was the deciding set. At first,Brazil led two points against the USA but Nancy Metcalf was able to manage to give her powerful spikes and brought her team to 15-13. It was so tough. It is a fact that Brazil is a strong team and responded very well in the 3rd and 4th set. Coach McCutcheon sent his players on court. 

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