Ningbo, China, August 1, 2009 - China's women's volleyball team delighted home fans on Saturday when they swept to a straight-sets victory over Korea in the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix.
China won 25-15, 25-21, 25-14 to improve its win-loss record to 2-0 in the four-team, round-robin competition which also includes Russia and Dominican Republic.
China's Wang Yimei was the star of the match, scoring a game-high 18 points, and Ma Yunwen added 11 points for China. Kim Yeon-koung top-scored for Korea with 11 points.
Both teams traded points at the beginning of the first set, with China leading 8-7 at the first TTO. After the break, two errors from South Korea combined with three powerful spikes by Wang Yimei helped the Chinese pull away to 14-8. The Koreans could not find a solution to Wang, who was almost perfect in spiking, and lost the set tamely by 10 points. Wang scored 10 points in the first frame, including eight kills.
The second set was more closely contested. China jumped out to a 7-5 lead before Korea won three consecutive points to go ahead at the first TTO. After the score was level at 9-9, the teams traded points and neither could gain a three-point advantage until China scored five points in a row following the second TTO to lead 21-17. The Koreans were unable to close the gap, going down again (25-21).
The Chinese girls kept on rolling in the third set, rushing out an 8-2 lead at the first TTO. The South Koreans cut the gap to four points (9-5), but could not improve on that. Leading 24-14, China sealed the lop-sided match with a powerful spike by Wang Yimei.