Ningbo, China, August 27, 2010 - China delighted home fans as they swept past Poland 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-17) on Friday in the FIVB World Grand Prix final round in Ningbo.
With the lop-sided victory, the Chinese team now have a 2-1 win-loss record at the six-team round-robin tournament.
The game started with China's Wang Yimei and Poland's Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata exchanging heavy spikes. China went 8-6 up at the first TTO before surging ahead to 17-11.
After Poland coach Jerzy Matlak called a timeout, Skowronska-Dolata sparked a 5-1 run to help Poland pull within two points at 18-16. But the Chinese kept cool and eveuntally took the set by a chain of sharp attacks.
With Wang Yimei and Chen Liyi consistent in attacking, China led throughout the second set while the Poles struggled at the net, committing too many errors. China clinched the set 25-19 after Wang Yimei delivered a service ace.
Poland still could not find a solution to the prolific Wang in the third set and had difficulty penetrating the Chinese blocking wall. After Wang took China into the second TTO with a healthy cushion of eight points at 16-8, the match went beyond doubt.
China will play USA on Saturday while Poland face Japan.