China maintain leadership of Pool D with fourth straight win


Team China celebrate the victory against Cuba

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.


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