Brazilian Geraldo scores 29 in five-set win over Russia


Brazil's Lorenne Geraldo with coach Mauricio Thomas after the exciting win over Russia

Gurabo, Puerto Rico, September 16, 2015 – Lorenne Geraldo registered a tournament-high 29 points, including five blocks and three aces, to lead Brazil in a five-set (19-25, 25-8, 21-25, 25-16, 15-7) victory over Russia in a Pool E second round match of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship on Wednesday.

It was the second victory in as many outings for the Brazilian side while Russia fell down to a 0-2 mark.

Drussyla Costa and Lana Conceicao contributed 13 and 10 points in the victory while Angelina Sperskaite and Anna Lazareva each had 15 points for Russia, including a tournament-high seven aces by Sperskaite.

Both teams scored via 10 aces but Brazil outscored Russia 14-10 in the blocking department and made 20 errors to 32 by the losers.

Three aces by Sperskaite around one spike by Iurinskaia gave Russia an 8-6 lead in the first set. When play resumed Sperskaite added two more winners from the service line for a four-point advantage and Russia led 16-10 at the second technical time-out. Brazil came back to close within three points but Russia clinched the set 25-19.

Brazil jumped off the blocks to a 6-1 lead with a good series of serves by Geraldo and led 8-1 at the first TTO. Russia continued to deal with serious problems with their reception and Brazil pulled away 16-4 at the second pause with Geraldo and Costa leading the route. Brazil won the second set by a landslide 25-8.

Brazil took an 8-3 lead in the third set with Geraldo landing some lightning spikes. Relying on good serves and effective blocking the Brazilians widened the distance to 16-8 at the second technical stop. Russia made a sensational comeback to tie at 19-all behind another good series of serves by Sperskaite. Russia won 25-21.

Brazil took an 8-3 advantage in the fourth set with two aces by Geraldo and Basso highlighting the action. The South Americans led 16-11 at the second stop and forced the tie-breaker winning 25-16 with a block by Geraldo against Cheremisina.

In the tie-breaker, Brazil took a 4-0 lead and traded sides in front 8-4 after two terrific shots by Conceicao. Brazil won the decisive set 15-7 with a spike by Geraldo from the back row.


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