Host team leads after day two of China International
China's 2-0 win-loss mark was a result of a one-side victory against Thailand (1-1) in straight sets (25-15, 25-13, 25-9).
The Chinese, previously lost to Thailand on four occasions in the past four years.
Middle blockers Zeng Chunlei and Xu Yunli each scored 15 points for China, while Yin Na added 13 points, including 11 from spikes. Sittirak Onuma and Chaisri Tapaphaipun were Thailand's top scorers, notching 7 points apiece.
In Saturday's other match, Puerto Rico staged a spirited comeback to beat Cuba in a dramatic five-setter (25-27, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-11). Puerto Rico's women made 22 blocks during the match, with Sheila Ocasio and Lynda Morales getting five each, and Yarimar Rosa contributing four.
The two teams engaged in some dizzying rallies as the first set progressed at a fast pace. When Cuba
was 24-23 up, a dogged Puerto Rico saved three set points but Daymara Lescay and Yoana Mendoza Palacio then smashed a powerful spike each to close out the set for Cuba.
Puerto Rico came storming out of the blocks in the second set to set up a five-point lead at 13-8, but once outside hitter Ana Yilian Cleger and Mendoza Palacio found their range, the Cubans took control and warpped up the set, 25-23. The match lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes.
Cuba, who lost to Thailand in five sets on Friday, face hosts China Sunday in the four-team competition.