Wuhan, China, July 9, 2010 - France defeated China for the second time in the 2010 World League Intercontinental Round following a tight 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 16-14) win in Wuhan on Friday.
Both teams started the game with few mistakes and went point by point until the first time out, at which stage the strong French attack helped the visitors take a four point advantage and clinch the first set.
China began the second set well jumping to a three point lead thanks to their improvement in reception and blocking. However, the French team gradually found their composure and closed the gap before drawing level. A three-point run thanks to the impressive serving of Nicolas Marechal saw France take a two set advantage.
The beginning of the third set saw China keep up some good momentum to take the lead at the first time out. Although France tried to get back into the set, some impressive spiking from China’s top scorer Chen Ping saw the home side clinch the third set and their first of the match.
Several French service faults helped China took the early lead in the fourth before Yu Dawei led the home side on a five-point run to tie the match up at 2-2.
Both teams were hard to separate during the fifth set with Chen and France’s Guillaume Samica exchanging points. The experience of Samica proved telling in the end as some deft little touches brought France home to only their fourth win of the competition. Chen top scored in the match with 20 points while Samica was France’s best with 16.
The two sides face off once again on Saturday at 16:00 (local time) in Wuhan.