SAN JOSE, Calif. (June 27, 2009) – The Chinese National Team put up a fight, but the result was the same as Friday at the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated China 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22) before a crowd 5,000 on Saturday at the San Jose State University Event Center Arena.
The victory gives the U.S. a 5-1 record in Group A and puts them in the lead. China falls to 1-5
Sean Rooney led all scorers with 16 points on 13 kills, two blocks and one ace. Matt Anderson added 12 on 10 kills, one block and one ace. China was paced by Ping Chen with 15 points on 15 kills.
China came out in the first set with renewed enthusiasm after Friday’s loss and took a 6-4 lead. It continued to lead 8-7 at the first technical timeout (TTO). The two teams remained close and the U.S. held a slim 16-15 lead at the second TTO. But Team USA scored the next three points behind Rooney’s serve on Lee’s kill and two straight blocks. A kill by Chen stopped the run, but the U.S. blockers, led by Lee who had three in the set, kept China at bay.
The United States jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second set as Hein served for three straight points and Rooney had a kill and a block. Team USA held an 8-3 lead at the first TTO. The U.S. attack continued and its lead was extended to 16-9 at the second TTO. With Team USA leading 19-11, Dawei Yu got the serve and China’s hitters rallied the team to a 19-14 deficit. Knipe called a timeout and a Billings kill helped end the rally.
Team USA reached set point at 24-19, but a China kill held off the end. Weijun Zhong took the serve and China scored two straight points on a U.S. error and a kill by Ping Chen. The U.S. called timeout, but China responded with another kill, making it 24-23. But a China serving error ended the set.
China again took an early lead in the third set and was ahead 8-5 at the first TTO. The U.S. eventually tied it at 10-10, and the two teams battle back and forth. China led 16-14 at the second TTO. With China ahead 17-14, China lost the serve on a hitting error and Touzinsky took the serve for the U.S. , serving it to an 18-17 lead. China tied it at 18-18, but Team USA scored two more straight points and China never caught up.