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Host team leads after day two of China International

 
Puerto Rico recorded their first win of the tournament with an impressive come-from-behind win against Cuba
 
Ningbo, China, May 18, 2013 - Hosts China are showing they're well-prepared for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, emerging the only unbeaten team on the second day of the China Women's International Tournament. 


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.

Ningbo

May 17

15:00

Cuba 2 – Thailand 3

19:30

China 3 - Puerto Rico 0

May 18

15:00

Puerto Rico 3 - Cuba 2

19:30

China 3 – Thailand 0

May 19

15:00

Thailand - Puerto Rico

19:30

China - Cuba

Shenzhen

May 22

16:00

Cuba - Puerto Rico

19:30

China - Thailand

May 23

16:00

Thailand – Cuba

19:30

China - Puerto Rico

May 24

16:00

Thailand - Puerto Rico

19:30

China - Cuba






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