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Russia beat China as they clinch Pool G

Russia's spike was on fire on Sunday as they sealed a straight sets win over China
Quanzhou, China, August 14, 2011 – World champions Russia saw off China 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-21) in their third match of the weekend in Pool G of the FIVB Volleball World Grand Prix in Quanzhou on Sunday.

With the win Russia remain unbeaten as they look to add to the World Championship they won in Japan last year. China meanwhile will now have to reflect two weeks ahead of the finals at home in Macau.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

In the first set Russia quickly established a lead thanks to kills from Gamova, Merkulova and Goncharova,. The Chinese team scored through Xun Yunli and her double block with Yang Jie helped them draw closer. However Gamova helped Russia maintain the gap as they took the opening set.

The second set was a see-saw affair as neither side gained a foothold, with Yang Junjing helping her side edge ahead by a point at the first TTO. Russian coach Kuzyutkin sent Borisenko in which disrupted China’s defense as the European side took a further lead at 2-0.

In the third set, Russia kept its momentum and scored from spikes, quick attacks and blocks, maintaining a two point lead. Though it made errors, its defense was much stronger than that of China as they surged to the win.


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