Olympic champions China scored a three-set victory over Dominican Republic for their second win in as many games in the FIVB Volleyball World Championship for Women in Sapporo on Wednesday.
After their hard-fought four-set victory over Azerbaijan on Tuesday, China had an easier time in their 25-19, 25-17, 25-23 against the Central Americans, who nevertheless managed to keep the score respectable in each set.
China have a 2-0 record after two matches while Dominican Republic have lost both their games, going down to Germany in their opening match on Tuesday.
The Chinese encountered some unexpected resistance against the Dominicans late in the first set, with Milagros Cabral providing a strong attacking weapon from the left.
After taking an 8-5 early lead, China found the going tough as their opponents brought themselves back to 19-16.
With skipper Feng Kun guiding the front three, China picked up the pace and eventually took the first set 25-19.
The Dominicans stunned China in the second set as they raced to an 8-4 lead on the back of some great blocking and spiking by Annerys Vargas. The reigning Olympic champions fought back to tie it at 10-10 before re-taking the lead.
Wang Yimei's searing serves proved too hot for the Central Americans as China extended their lead to 16-10, with Yang Hao and Feng making major contributions.
China's 10-point streak finally came to an end at 18-11. But the Asian giants were already in control and took a two-set lead when Dominica's Prisilla Rivera hit her smash long.
With Vargas dangerous on the left, the Dominicans fought hard as the third set unfolded, restricting China to an 8-7 lead at the first designated time-out.
China pulled away to 11-8 but some errors allowed their opponents to narrow it to 11-10.
China, with Feng setting up numerous attacks for her teammates, then opened up a 16-12 advantage and the end seemed near for the Dominicans.
But they battled bravely to keep their opponents within touching distance, taking them to 24-23 before China sealed victory when Wang's spike was pushed out by the Dominicans.