2017 FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
- Group 1
- July 7th – August 6th
- FIVB World Grand Prix Round 3
- Pool I1
Brazil and Team USA won their matches on day one of week three in the World Grand Prix. In the standings, Brazil leads the pool in sets as they won their match in three as opposed to the Americans winning in four. Team USA is now 5-2 overall as is the Netherlands who the U.S. defeated. Brazil moves to 4-3 while Belgium remains in last place with a 0-7 record.
Pool I1 Standings after Day 1:
Brazil def. Belgium
- 3-0, (28-26, 25-19, 25-20)
Brazil dominated on attacks and blocking against Belgium in their three-set sweep. The Brazilians led 50-41 in attacks and 13-2 in blocking.
The first set was a tight battle, with a tie up at 17-17 then again at 24-24, forcing the set into extra points. The Belgian crew was able to save two match points but Brazil came out strong to finish 28-26. The second set was still close, but the Brazilians were able to take a big enough lead to go up 2-0 in the match 25-19. The final set of the match stayed the same as the second set, with the Brazilians taking a large lead at 17-11 in the set. Belgium fought back slightly, but they were too far back to make a comeback, losing 25-20.
Tandara Caixeta led Brazil with 17 points, all on kills while Rosamaria Montibeller added another 15 points on 14 kills and one block. Ana Carolina Da Silva and Natalia Pereira each added another 13 points. Da Silva put down seven kills, five blocks and one ace while Pereira added eight kills, two blocks and three aces.
For Belgium, Kaja Grobeina put down 16 points in the loss.
USA def. the Netherlands
- 25-15, 23-25, 28-26, 25-21
Team USA led the Dutch crew in attacks, blocking and serves on their way to victory. The U.S. led 60-48 in attacks, 13-9 in blocks and 10-7 in service aces.
The Americans dominated the first set of the match, taking a quick 25-15 after taking a considerable lead. The Dutch crew pushed back in the second set to tie up the match 1-1 with a 25-23 win. The third set was a tough battle that went into extra points with the Americans coming out on top 28-26. In the final set, the Dutch took an 8-3 lead but the American squad fought back to win the set and match 25-21.
Leading the American’s was Michelle Bartsch-Hackley with 23 points on 18 kills, two blocks and three aces. Tori Dixon added another 20 points on 11 kills, six blocks and three aces. Madison Kingdon and Kelly Murphy put down another 17 and 14 points, respectively.
For the Dutch, Anne Buijs put down 16 points, Yvon Belien added another 13 while Celeste Plak contributed 12 points in the loss.