Lucas, Mauricio lead block party in Brazil’s straight-set win over Japan


Brazil claimed their fifth FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup title after they defeated Japan 3-0 in Osaka

Osaka, Japan, September 17, 2017 – Lucas Saatkamp and Mauricio Borges played great defence to complete their fourth-straight title winning run in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup, following their 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-22) win over hosts Japan at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Sunday.

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Lucas had four blocks and Mauricio made three blocks out of Brazil’s 12 total blocks against Japan. Lucas top scored with 16 points, while Mauricio finished with 13 points. Brazil converted 43 attacks and nailed four aces, while Japan struggled to get their offence going with only Issei Otake scoring in double figures. Otake charted 10 points, but Akihiro Yamauchi and Masahiro Yanagida only scored six and four points, respectively.

World Grand Champions Cup – Match Statistics by Teams

Brazil have completed all seven editions of the Men’s World Grand Champions Cup with podium finishes, making them the most successful team in the history of the competition.

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Brazil showed that they were on a mission to win the title, as their blockers jammed the path of the Japanese attacks, which facilitated their huge winning margins. After showing excellent defence, Brazil asserted their dominance on offence. Even though Japan gave Brazil a great fight towards the end, the latter still finished the match in straight sets.


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