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Russia's high five with win over China

Titleholders Russia came through the first round with five straight wins, with Pool D rivals China also progressing after two wins and three defeats

Osaka, Japan, November 3, 2010 – Defending champions Russia racked up their fifth consecutive Pool D victory with a straight sets (25-22, 25-17, 25-19) triumph over China on the final day of first-round action at the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship.

The victory on Wednesday night clinched the group for the Russians while China advanced to the second round with a 2-3 record, behind Korea and Turkey. The match at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium brought together Pool D's two highest-ranking teams, with China third and Russia seventh.

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Tatiana Kosheleva led the Russian charge with 20 points, abetted by team-mate Ekaterina Gamova who registered 14; Yimei Wang top-scored for China with 12 points.

From the outset it was a game defined by powerful performers, with the likes of Wang, Kosheleva and Gamova trading titanic spikes. With China having trouble dealing with Russia's height advantage, it was no surprise that Vladimir Kuzyutkin's side led 16-14 at the Second Technical Timeout (STT) before taking the first set 25-22.

The Russians put Yu Juemin's team in a deep hole when they claimed the second set 25-17. And there was no way out for the Asian side as Russia concluded matters 25-19 in the final set, ending it on another Gamova spike.

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