USA Volleyball Beats Brazil In Exhibition

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The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated top-ranked Brazil 25-21, 19-25, 29-27, 17-25, 15-11 Friday night in the second of three exhibition matches in preparation for the Olympics.

The United States, ranked fourth in the world, was led by Ogonna Nnamani with 19 points, 16 kills and three blocks in front of a sellout crowd of 1,200 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

The United States and Brazil qualified for the summer games in Beijing at the 2007 FIVB World Cup. Brazil finished with the silver medal and the United States took the bronze.

''I think we played well as a team and using all the young players,'' coach Lang Ping said. ''We were able to check their talent and evaluate them during game situations against a very good Brazil team. We fell behind a couple times, but it didn't matter as it showed the spirit of this team to overcome adversity.''

Sheilla Castro led Brazil with 21 points, 15 kills, three blocks and three aces.

Brazil won the first match. The third was set for Saturday night at the Air Force Academy's Clune Arena in Colorado Springs.

Before the three-match exhibition, the United States women had not played on its own soil against international competition since a May 26, 2006, when the team played Poland in Chicago.



 
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