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China maintain superb form, rout Argentina 3-0


China powered past Argentina in straight sets

Hong Kong, China, August 10, 2013 – China maintained top form to defeat Argentina in straight sets (25-17, 26-24, 25-22), in Pool I of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Saturday. The Chinese remain undefeated, with five wins from five.

The first set was exciting, with both sides playing top quality volleyball. Argentina led by two points, but China rallied to enter the first technical timeout with an 8-6 advantage. China got further ahead as Argentina committed a series of errors, and though Emilce Sosa narrowed the gap from her quick attacks, China closed the first set out, 25-17.

Both sides lost concentration in the second set, but China led 8-5 at the first technical timeout. Both teams improved, but China got the best of the key final moments of set. Excellent blocking put a stop Argentina's strong run, as they won 26-24.

China opened the third set with a series of strong spikes from Zhu Ting that managed to give them a 7-4 lead. Argentina fought back, changing their tactics by using more quick attacks and back row spikes. Paula Yamila Nizetich’s powerful serves tied the game at 12-12. But Argentina again made errors on defence that allowed China to pull away and close the set 25-22, and win the match.

Zeng Chunlei and Yang Junjing led China’s scoring: Zeng top scored with 16 points, while Yang got 14 points.

China play Turkey on Sunday, while Argentina face the Czech Republic.

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