Osaka, Japan, September 15, 2017 – Wallace De Souza and Lucas Saatkamp led Brazil in their 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) win over Iran in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Friday.
Wallace and Lucas sparked Brazil’s offence from the start and finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Ricardo Lucarelli helped out on offence with 11 points for Brazil. Brazil had a total of 11 blocks to stop the Iranian hitters and their top scorer Milad Ebadipour was reduced to score only nine points.
Brazil improved their record to 29 wins and four defeats at the World Grand Champions Cup. After their 3-2 defeat against Italy, they bounced back to avoid back-to-back losses. They have never lost more than one match in this tournament in a single year.Quick links - Volleyball:
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Brazil utilised their middle and right-side hitters to score in clusters, while Iran did not have a good side-out game. Even though the Asian side found their rhythm to tie the score, Brazil still scored the last three points closed the opening set. Brazil used the same attack strategy, but implemented better defence that provided additional opportunities to counter-attack. The game plan worked for Brazil to secure the straight-set win.