WOMEN

Schedule
Teams
Match Results
Standings
Press Info
  Day 1 - 13 Nov.
  Day 2 - 14 Nov.
  Day 3 - 16 Nov.
  Day 4 - 17 Nov.
  Day 5 - 18 Nov.
Best players
Photo Gallery
 
2001 Women's'World Grand Champions Cup - Press Info

Match Descriptive

China beat Russia 3-1 (33-35, 25-21, 25-19, 27-25) - duration 1:46
13-Nov, start time: 15:08, end time: 16:54 - Attendance: 5,400
High-flying Chinese Oust Defending Champion Russia
The newly-crowned Asian champion China put on more credits with a 3-1 win over the reigning champion Russia on Tuesday in the US$ 2-million women's World Grand Champions Cup 2001 at the Saitama Super Arena.
Leading 24-20 in the fourth set, China almost lost the ground when the Russians seemed to force a decisive fifth set after coming back at 24-24. But China maintained its composure to take the set, 27-25.
The first set already set the tone of the hard-fought match as both teams squandered several chances after China leveling the game at 24-24, with Russia taking the set 35-33 on Elena Godina's block in the middle.
China played more aggressive over the net in the following game when they managed some blocks upon Russia's 2.01-meter giant Ekaterina Gamova in the second set, which it won 25-21.
Yang Hao's big serves ran the Chinese for a 6-1 lead in the third set but let the Russians claw back at 17-17. Yang and promising young star Zhao Ruirui combined for six points in straight after that to give China the set 25-19 and put them in the driving seat.