With changes in the starting lineup, Brazil defeated Puerto Rico in three sets to zero – by parts of 25-21, 25-15, 25-9 -, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, in Tokyo, Japan, in the fourth round of the tournament. Olympic volleyball pre-female and maintained her unbeaten record in competition.
Coach Jose Roberto Guimarães made changes to the starting lineup and chose Brazil as the center, 24-year-old Diana, instead of Carol, and in exchange for Rosemaria, instead of Casey. With authority, the Brazilian team asserted its favoritism against the Puerto Ricans without any fear, in contrast to what happened in the previous day’s match, when it struggled to beat Bulgaria 3-2 and fainted several times throughout the match. A missed point in the tie-break win cost them the top spot in the second set. As a result, the team fell to third place.
Brazil is now preparing for the main match in the tournament, against Turkey, the current European champion and the Netherlands national team and top of the world rankings, in the early hours of Friday to Saturday (4 am Brasilia time), which is an important match for the team’s aspirations. Securing a place in the 2024 Paris Games in this pre-Olympics tournament. After facing the Turks, the Brazilian team will face Belgium and host Japan, and the match against Turkey will be broadcast on SporTV and also on the Brazilian channel. Webfull on YouTube.
Roberta gave a good performance, as he distributed homogeneously and used the exchanges a lot. Four players finished the game in double figures. Rosemaria was the top scorer of the game with 15 points (14 attack, 1 block) followed by two-time Olympic champion Thiesa with 14 points (7 attack, 4 block, 3 serve). Diana finished the game with 13 points, Julia Bergman also with 13 and Gabi 6. The highlight for Puerto Rico was the opposite of Abercrombie with 8 points.
Brazil started the match with players Roberta, Rosemaria, Thesa, Diana, Gabi, Julia Bergman and Naemi (libero). Kisy and Naiane entered into a 5 x 1 reversal in the second set, and in the third set, given the good advantage on the scoreboard, José Roberto took advantage of the opportunity to put Carroll, Taynara and Bri Darwit.
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