Bari, Italy, September 27, 2014 – China remained at the top of pool D at the end of the fourth day of FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship after sweeping Cuba 3-0 Saturday evening for their fourth consecutive win at PalaFlorio.The Chinese women outblocked Cuba 13-3 and they reaped eight points from serving, compared to two for Cuba.Zhu Ting led China with 18 points and Yuan had eight kills, five blocks and a pair of aces to add 15 points.Key Points· China have yet to lose one single set after four matches in this World Championship.· The two World Championship finals played between these nations tie the record of finals between Brazil and Russia.· This victory was the 79th victory of China at the World Championship.
There were three changes in Chinese roster: coach Lang Ping preferred the setter Shen Jingi, the middle-blocker Yuan Xinyue and the libero Shan Danna. China had an early advantage at the first technical timeout and soon improved to 13-10 through a kill of Zhu Ting. Coach Gala called a timeout but Cuba struggled with their receiving. An Hui Ruoqi ace gave China a 21-14 lead and they went on to clinch the opener 25-15.
In the second set, China built an 8-4 lead at the first TTO thanks to a Zeng Chunlei attack (8-4). Then the Chinese women enlarged it to 16-7 at the second TTO. It was too easy for Yang Junjing to close the set (25-11).
At the start of the third set, Yang Junjing's services made a lot of trouble for Cuba's reception and China soon built up a 7-1 lead. Roared on by Italian fans, Cuba fought hard to pull within 7-6 and 19-16, but China came back to wrap up the match in 67 minutes with a 6-2 run.