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Can China stop USA?

Wang Yimei goes to the ground to dig the Mikasa in China's 3-0 victory over Poland on Friday
Ningbo, China, August 27, 2010 – The unbeaten United States will play host team China on the fourth day of 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round on Saturday while Japan meet Poland and Brazil play Italy.

The USA team lead the standings with seven points from three victories, but could China snap its winning streak? History is on the side of China as the Chinese have won 18 out of their previous 26 encounters in FIVB World Grand Prix history, but the Americans have showed great determination with their victory in the full-set battle against Brazil. It will be fun to watch whether Chinese star spiker Wang Yimei can break down the efficient American blocking which has produced 45 stuffs in three matches so far.

Having collected a pair of 3-2 wins over Olympic champions Brazil and World Grand Champions winners Italy, Japan will test their edge against the Polish women, who have dropped three in a row. The two sides have met for seven times in the World Grand Prix competitions. Poland had a narrow 4-3 lead while the Japanese were the winners in their latest face-off two weeks ago in Japan.

The other match on day four features two-time defending champions and 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup winner Italy. Both teams have a 1-2 record after the first three rounds and need a win to keep alive their title hopes. The bad news for Brazil is that they might have to play without two wing spikers Marianne Steinbrecher and Paula Pequeno, who received injuries in their last two matches.

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