China suffer loss to USA 1-3 at WGP HK leg

09:20, August 23, 2010      

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China lost to the U.S. 1-3 at the 2010 women's volleyball World Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. claimed the title of the WGP Hong Kong leg with no losses.

Foluke Akinradewo led the Americans with 16 points to the 25-20, 25-10, 22-25 and 25-22 victory. Heather Brown and Tom Logan add 12 and 8 respectively.

Star spiker Wang Yimen scored a game-high 17 points but could not save the team.

China got 15 points from opponents' errors, while the Americans got 22.

The game was tight in the first set before 4-all but the Americans quickly took the lead 7-4. They improved their advantages to 16-11 by the time of the second technical time out and took the set 25-20 although China tried hard to cut the deficit.

China was not in the form either in the second set, which they lost by 15 points.

In the exciting third set, China launched a strong comeback to lead the game 5-1 in the beginning. The Americans raced up 4 points in a row to 16-10 in the second technical time out. Thanks to Wang Yimei's bullet attack, China managed to take the set 25-22.

The fourth set was hotly contested before the two teams tied at 21-all but the Americans held their nerve to wrap up the match 25-22.

Earlier Sunday, Thailand beat Germany 3-1, winning the third place in the leg.

Automatically qualified as hosts, China will be joined by Brazil, Japan, Poland, the U.S. as well as Italy in the final round of the 2010 World Grand Prix, which will be held in Ningbo, China next week.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:李牧(实习))

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