FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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China extend winning streak to 4-0, win five-setter over USA

Yanhan Liu scored 24 points for China. She also aced five times and had four block kills.

Mexicali, Mexico, October 8, 2013 - China extended their undefeated record to 4-0 in Pool B after a five setter victory over USA (25-15, 18-25, 14-25, 25-19, 5-15).

Yanhan Liu scored 24 points for China. She was followed by Qi Wang with 18, while Zhou Yang scored 15 and Xinwei Gu 12.

The serving game was decided with 8 collective aces for China and 4 by USA. Yanhan Liu aced five times and Xinwei Gu 2. Blocking game was slightly balanced (12-11 for China). Liu had 4 kills and Qi registered 3 after a match that lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes at Mexicali State Auditorium.

Gina Mancuso had another 20 plus points performance for the American team. The American captain closed with 25 points and three aces to be the best scorer of the match.

Hayley Hodson closed with 11 units and four block kills, while Erica Wilson had two.

China had a solid start with a 10 point advantage in the first set, but USA recovered in the next two with a good blocking work by Hodson, Mead, Wilson, Scambray and captain Mancuso.

China’s coach Jiande Xu received a red card and had to leave the court in the fourth set. He returned until the fifth.

China put more pressure in serving with Liu, Yang and Gu. In the end, they set the score 2-2 and forced a tiebreaker. 

The Asians opened the fifth with good reception and block for a temporary 3-0 start to an advantage of 11-3. USA had a couple of additional points but the Chinese team would trail by 10 more. China will play against Kenya and USA will match Brazil on Wednesday.

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