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China ease past Puerto Rico in Chengdu

China's Xian Zhang receives as she helped her team to an opening victory over Puerto Rico in the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix
Chengdu, China, August 6, 2010 - China held off a dogged Puerto Rico to begin its 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix campaign with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) victory in Pool C at home in Chengdu on Friday.

A total 3,000 enthusiastic home fans turned out to see the victory, including FIVB President Mr. Jizhong Wei.

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Puerto Rico came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders and quickly gained the lead before China tightened their block to bring the scores level. The home sides Ma Yunwen then went on the offensive to pull off a series of powerful spikes to help boost China before Hui Ruoqi sealed the set with a cleverly placed serve.

China raced into the lead in the second set and rarely let Puerto Rico back into the game after that. Chen Liyi scored a number of spike points to take the score to 2-0 for the hosts.

The third set was much closer as teams traded points throughout. However China pounced on three errors from the visitors to take a three-point advantage which they carried through to the end.
With day one of the competition now over in Chengdu, China top the standings just ahead of the Netherlands on points ratio. Saturday will see the home side face Thailand and Puerto Rico play the Netherlands.


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