Wallace helps Brazil in tie-break triumph over USA


Wallace led Brazil in crucial moments in their tough five-set encounter with USA in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup

Osaka, Japan, September 16, 2017 – Wallace De Souza had a team-high 22 points that helped Brazil in their 3-2 (28-26, 15-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13) win over USA in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Saturday.

World Grand Champions Cup - Scores

Wallace showed some clutch skills in their tight encounter with USA. The Brazilian opposite had 19 kills and three blocks. Mauricio Borges, Ricardo Lucarelli and Lucas Saatkamp helped Wallace out with 18, 16 and 12 points, respectively. USA’s Matthew Anderson topped all scorers with 27 points.

World Grand Champions Cup – Match Statistics by Teams

Brazil have won all their four encounters with USA at the World Grand Champions Cup. Their current five-set win is their first since they won a straight-set and two four-set matches against USA.

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USA and Brazil ran different attack strategies. USA’s set plays were directed to Anderson, while Brazil’s offence involved more players. Brazil succeeded with the strategy and closed the first set with a two-point margin, but USA responded with a set victory as Anderson continued to convert on his attempts. The next two sets resulted to split victories that led to the match decider, where Brazil prevailed with a 15-13 score.


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