China beat USA 3-0 to win gold at Girls' Under-18 World Championship
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 4, 2013 - China won the gold medal at the Girls' Under18 World Championship beating USA in straight sets (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in 68 minutes at the Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Xinyue Yuan scored 16 points as her team’s best scorer, followed by Yunlu Wang with 14.
China put early and consistent pressure on the Americans, who struggled to get into the match. China dominated from the start of the match with their quick attacks using centers Xinyue Yuan and Hu Mingyuan. They blocked well and sent their attacks away from the USA blockers to win the first set by a wide margin, 25-16.
The US had trouble with their defence even at the start of the second set and could not apply their attacking strategy. China took the lead, but the USA came back when setter Jordyn Poulter did some good work in setting for her teammates. China’s coach fielded substitute center Yuanyuan Wang as they took the second set 25-21.
The US committed a number of errors in reception and attacks in the third set although their spikers did manage some success. But China served very well, allowing them to maintain their pressure and the lead throughout the set to 20-15. The USA tried to save the match, but with a quick attack from Xinyue Yuan the job was completed and China claimed the gold medal.
2013 Girls’ U18 World Championship Live Scorebox