published on 06/12/2022 12:03 / updated on 06/12/2022 13:32
Brazil and China. League of Nations. Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. 6/12/2022 – (Credit: Ed Alves/CB/DA Press)
After losing to the United States, the Brazilian volleyball team played its last match in the Distrito Federal for the Men’s Nations League. Coach Renan Dal Zotto’s team faced China, who had not yet won in the competition, this Sunday morning (12/6). In an apathetic game, the selection failed to break the Chinese pass, which won 3-0, partial 25/23, 31/29 and 25/23. Chinese number 22 Zhang JY was the highlight, with 25 points.
Repeating the keynote of the game against the USA, the Brazilian team started the first set with misses, something decisive for China to reach the obligatory stoppage in front of the 12/9. On the way back, the Asians’ serve and blocking began to adapt, allowing them to open a 17/12 lead. Brazil had a very broken pass in the first set which made it difficult to spin the ball. When the score showed 21/16, Lucão got a good streak of serves and left the difference in two points, 22/20. From there, the Chinese kept their lead and closed the set on 25/23.
The next game got off to another rough start for Brazil, who couldn’t break the opponent’s pass. With that, the Chinese quietly rolled the ball and went to the mandatory technical time in advantage, 12/9. The difference remained until Brazil hit some good blocks and leveled the score at 16/16. After that, Lucão again served well and the team opened on 19/17, forcing a timeout from the opposition. The Chinese came back from the break taking advantage of Brazil’s errors and equalized 20/20. This time it was Renan who stopped the game. In the set where the details took over, a good Chinese serve set the score at 31/29.
Feeling the sound of defeat in the first two partials, Brazil saw the Chinese open 3/0 at the start of the third set. Once again, Lucão entered the serve when the score was 11/9 and Brazil turned, moving into the mandatory timeout advantage, 12/11. From there, the game was balanced, with both teams managing to get the ball rolling. Lucão returned to serve and Brazil scored 21/19, forcing a timeout from China. After a fine Chinese block, the Asian team went down to 22/21 and it was Renan’s turn to stop the match to try to organize the team. On the return, China got good blocking points, turned around and closed the set 25/23.
Brazil’s next matches
With the result, Brazil say goodbye to Brasilia with two wins and two losses. The squad are now focusing on training for the next Nations League fixture streak, which takes place in Bulgaria. The green and yellow team will face Poland on June 22. The first phase of the Nations League is played over three weeks, with four games for each of the 16 teams divided into two groups. The top eight will advance to the final, which will take place in Bologna, Italy.
Other matches this Sunday (12/6)
” In Canada
France vs Poland – 12h*
Argentina vs Italy – 3 p.m.*
Bulgaria vs Canada – 6 p.m.*
Iran vs Japan – 1pm*
Netherlands vs Australia – 4 p.m.*