Chengdu, China, August 8, 2010 – China outclassed the Netherlands in a hard-fought four-set match on Sunday as they picked up a 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-20) win the third day of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix.
With the win China finish the weekend unbeaten with three wins as the Netherlands score a 2-1 win-loss record.
The first set was an even batlle with both sides trading points early on. However China gained a narrow lead before the Netherlands fought back to level the score. Aided by a couple of reception errors from China, the Dutch kept ahead as they sealed the set.
The Netherlands mainatained control in the second set, reaching the first technical time out with the lead. However China went on the offense following a powerful crosscourt smash from Wang Yimei. Dominating at the net, China won the set by 5 points.
The game remained close at the beginning of the third set as China took a narrow lead. The Netherlands were unable to close the gap, as China pulled out an eight point lead. Hui Ruoqi's spiking was the difference in the second half of the set as China took the lead for the first time in the game.
The fourth set was also very equal as China enjoyed a one point advantage at the first technical timeout. The teams then traded points until 18-18 when a series of great spikes gave China the game.
Both sides will both face each other again next wekk as they travel to Macau for the second weekend of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix.