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Russia beats Brazil in final at volleyball worlds

Russia beats Brazil in final at volleyball worlds

Russia defended its title by beating top-ranked Brazil in five sets on Sunday in the final of the women's world volleyball championship.
Russia rallied for a 21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11 win over Olympic champion Brazil to capture its second straight world title.
Ekaterina Gamova led the Russians with 35 points. Sheilla Castro had a team-high 26 for Brazil.
"(Ekaterina) was able to grab the chances she had throughout the match," Russia coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin said. "Nobody played poorly on the team today. The whole team can be credited for the good result."
Russia captured its seventh world title. Brazil, which was coming off a tough 22-25, 33-35, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11 win over Japan in the semifinals on Saturday, has never won the world championship.
"I think Brazil played a very good match, but in the end, the difference was the counterattacks of Russia," Brazil coach Jose Guimaraes said.
Russia also defeated Brazil in the final of the world championships in 2006 in Japan.
Japan upset the United States 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-8 to win the bronze medal. Yukiko Ebata led the host with 28 points.
"Finishing in the top three was the target we had set ourselves," said Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe. "The players tried so hard so I am grateful. I really believed in them."
Japan claimed its first medal at the worlds since 1978 when it won silver.
European champion Italy finished fifth after a 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 win over Turkey.