Sao Paolo, Brazil, May 30, 2016 – Brazil’s women wrapped up their home series against the Dominican Republic by winning the second match of two 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14), two days after they won the first match between the two sides 3-0.
Fabiana and Carol led the scoring for Jose Roberto Guimaraes’ team with 13 points apiece, while Natalia weighed in with 11. Bethania De La Cruz led scoring for the Dominican Republic and the match with 17 points.
The brace of victories mean that Brazil can now look ahead to the start of the FIVB World Grand Prix with confidence. Their first set of matches take place in Rio de Janeiro from June 9-12 when they face Italy, Japan and Serbia.
“Our team is starting to grow and pick up the pace of our play,” Sheilla Castro said. “They were two good games.
“It is the beginning of our preparation and we have much still to improve. It was a good test and support of the fans was amazing. We are on track.”
Once the World Grand Prix concludes with the Final Four in Bangkok, Thailand from July 6-10, Brazil will be able to turn their focus to winning a third consecutive Olympic Gold in front of their home fans at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
“It was the first step and these two games helped give rhythm game to the group,” team captain Fabiana said. “We know it is a year that we will need all our players.
“I am passionate about what I do and to feel the warmth of the Brazilian fans was very special. We are a group together and all be helping all the time.”