Hong Kong, China, August 22 2010 – The USA scored its third win of the weekend with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-10, 22-25, 25-22) victory over China in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Both sides will now move onto the Final Round in Ningbo, China next week.
Both the USA and China appeared aggressive at the beginning of the first set. The visitors hammered China, not allowing the hosts to gain the lead. China responded with concrete blocking yet still lagged two points behind at the first technical timeout. China roared fiercely with Wang Yi Mei at the net, reducing the margin to 9-10. The impressive digging followed by bullet attacks enabled USA to stretch the gap to 14-10. USA took the advantage at the second technical timeout with the score at 16-11. The intelligent formation of USA made the team unbeatable as Destinee Hooker attacked ruthlessly to pick up the set.
In the second set, China failed to enhance their reception against the forceful spikes from USA. The first technical time-out came with the USA ahead of China 8-3. Foluke Akinradewo continued to deliver spikes to gain points. The entire China team and the full house of fans were disheartened by a few controversial judgments and China seemed lose their rhythm. The USA team put a lot of pressure to China by taking the second technical timeout with a ten-point gap. China was threatened by the confidence and unity of USA as their impeccable spikes rained down to score the set.
Despite losing two sets, China began well in the third. However USA were only one point behind China at the first technical timeout. The USA was undaunted in the face of heightened cheering in the stadium for the hosts and came back, surpassing China at the second technical timeout. But China refused to give in and managed to tie with the USA at 21-21, and eventually grabbed the set at 25-22
The fourth set was as thrilling as the previous set. USA returned with courageous determination to excel, leading up to the FTT. The newly trained Chinese players performed a more positive attitude and assisted in reducing the margin. The fatigued Americans were allowed China to grab the momentum and reversed the situation with one point ahead at 16-15 at second technical timeout. The tight competition carried on and USA was ahead of China again at 24:22. USA aced the last serve and claimed the victory.