In Pool K, in Almaty Brazil defeats Kazakhstan 3-0, while Netherlands overcomes Cuba also 3-0.

 

 

KAZAKHSTAN – BRAZIL 0-3 (17-25 16-25 10-25)
Line-ups and scores:
Kazakhstan: Ishimtseva (1), Jarlagassova (11), Nassedkina (1), Omelchenko (9), Shenberger (3), Issayeva (2), Storozhenko (L) and Lukomskaya, Razorenkova (2), Afanasyeva, Gordeyeva (2)
Brazil: Dani Lins (2), Fe Garay, Fabiana (6), Monique (5), Gabi (7), Thaisa (17), Fabi (L) and Sheilla (8), Claudia, Michelle (1), Adenizia (4), Priscila (1)

Brazil demonstrated their strength, stopping Kazakh players, which had difficulties in spiking. Invisible were both Kazakh middle blockers: Lyudmilla Issayeva and Olga Nassedkina. On Brazilian side shining star was middle blcoker Thaisa Menezes with 17 points. All Brazilian players appeared on court and their rhythm of play didn’t change. As I expected Brazil achieved easy win and found place in Final Six, 2nd place with 23 points. Kazakh NT is 17 th with 4 points.

Team Stats:

ActionsSpike pointsSpike %BlockServeDigReceptionSets noteUnforced Errors
Kazakhstan2628%501131%720
Brazil4250%1522046%718

Team Leaders:

Actions/PlayersPointsSpike pointsSpike %Spike errorsBlockServeUnforced Errors
Sana Jarlagassova11936%6206
Thaisa Menezes17862%1903


CUBA – NETHERLANDS 0-3 (13-25 23-25 22-25)
Line-ups and scores:
Cuba: Vilches (1), Palacio (13), Rojas (7), Vargas (4), Matienzo (7), Giel (9), Borrell (L) and Lescay (4), Lopez, Luis
Netherlands: Stoltenborg (2), Grothues (13), De Kruijf (11), Pietersen (9), Buijs (11), Steenbergen (6), Knip (L) and Renkema

Match was similar like first battle between these teams in Grand Prix 2013, however Cubans this time kept more resistence. Weak game had today Cuban opposite Melissa Vargas with only 4 points. From Dutch tea good match with many points had outside hitters Maret Grothues and Anne Buijs. Good match had also middle blocker Robin De Kruijf. Dutch teams ends Grand Prix on 12th place, with 12 points, Cuba is 19th with 0 points, only before Algeria.

Team Stats:

ActionsSpike pointsSpike %BlockServeDigReceptionSets noteUnforced Errors
Cuba3935%241234%1627
Netherlands4448%622539%15.3318

Team Leaders:

Actions/PlayersPointsSpike pointsSpike %Spike errorsBlockServeUnforced Errors
Yoana Palacio131146%1203
Maret Grothues131271%0102