Osaka, Japan, October 30, 2010 – China beat Pool D rivals Canada 3-0 at Osaka's Municipal Central Gymnasium on Saturday to get off the mark in the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship at the second attempt.
The straight-sets victory (25-16, 25-19, 25-10) for Yu Juemin's team made amends for their surprise 3-1 loss to Turkey 24 hours before – and left a young and inexperienced Canada side reeling from two defeats already in this competition.
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Arnd Ludwig's charges were no match for the powerful Chinese on the night, as the team ranked third in the world seized the initiative from the start and never looked like relinquishing it. China made full use of their strength at the net and were fired by Wang Yimei – a driving force with 19 points, including 16 on attack – and nine-point Ma Yunwen.
The Canadian resistance was led by Tiffany Dodds with 10 points, yet her side suffered the same fate as in Friday's 3-0 reverse against Korea.
China were in control leading 16-9 at the Second Technical Timeout (STT) of the first set, and maintained their advantage to win the first instalment 25-16. The eye-catching Wang contributed eight of those points.
The second set proved more competitive. Canada made several acrobatic saves to give a better balance to the contest, and Ludwig's team were within two points of their vaunted opponents at one stage – at 13-11 – when setter Carla Bradstock caught the Chinese off guard with a no-look tip. However, China pieced together a run of ten points from 13 to move in front at 23-16, and while the underdogs briefly held out they could not avoid dropping a second set: 25-19.
The third set completed the picture of Chinese dominance. Juemin's side gained an 8-2 advantage before proceeding to close out the victory at 25-10.
The two teams next play the two joint-Pool D leaders on Sunday, with Canada facing Russia and China meeting Korea.