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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

China beat U.S.A. 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) - duration 1:08
26-Jun, start time: 19:35, end time: 20:43 - Attendance: 8'000
City: Ningbo; Hall : Ningbo Beilun Gym
China beats U.S. 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15)

China beat the United States 3-0 to win the championship of the 2005 World Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament Ningbo leg with three straight wins.

The newly formed American team, which was guided by Chinese volleyball legend Lang Ping, fought bravely against the Olympic and World Cup double titlist. With Nancy Metcalf, the top scorer of the United States, continually delivering storming strikes from the sides, the American women made it a closely contested game early in the first set and stayed within 20-17.

China had a 4-2 run to go up 24-19 before the United States beat off three set points to make it two-point game. Chu Jingling drove a ball out of bounds to clinch the opener for the host.

The Americans started well in the second set, racing to a 4-2 lead. However, their mistakes increased sharply from then on, allowing the Chinese pull away with a 13-4 surge to store an unshakable 19-10 lead.

In the third set, China continued to prevail as both teams rotated their players frequently.

The United States finished third at the four-team tournament with one win against two losses.