Wang Yimei of China spikes past Puerto Rico's Sheila Ocasio and Karina Ocasio.
Osaka, Japan, November 11, 2006 -- China overcame Puerto Rico 3-0 on Saturday in Pool F at the Women's World Championship.
The Chinese raised their record to 3-3 with a 28-26, 25-14, 25-22 victory. Puerto Rico fell to 0-6 in Pool F.
Puerto Rico started off confidently and kept China at bay with some decent spikes, while China were sluggish and making errors. With the score at 8-11, Chinese coach Chen Zhonghe called a timeout. China kept it close, but Puerto Rico were looking good and Tatiana Encarnacion delivered a couple of nice spikes as Puerto Rico led 16-13 at the second TTO. But with a slight change of form for both sides, China drew level at 18 and were still level at 26-26 after some hefty spikes from Yang Hao. But then Puerto Rico failed to deal with a serve from Zhou Suhong and Xu Yunli had an easy tipover. Encarnacion then steered a spike wide and China took the set 28-26.
The two teams remained close in the opening section of the second set, China edging ahead 8-6 at the first TTO, a lead they widened to 12-8 and then to 16-11 at the second TTO, with Xu spiking well off short sets by Feng Kun and adding a nice block as well. Puerto Rico looked disheartened and errors crept into their game. China took the last five points of the set, the last two excellent blocks by Wang Yimei.
Puerto Rico took an early three-point lead in the third set, but Wang and Yang brought the Chinese back into the game. In truth, neither side was dominating and both were committing errors. Two massive Wang spikes allowed China to draw level at 11-11 and there was nothing to separate the teams. Jetzabel Del Valle came up with a couple of spikes for Puerto Rico but China finally put two points between the teams at 20-18 after a disastrous defensive mixup following a Wang spike. A block by Liu Yanan on Del Valle increased that to three points and the Chinese had enough weaponry to hold on, despite a mini revival by Puerto Rico towards the end. Liu gave the Chinese matchpoint with a spike after Yarleen Santiago couldn't deal with a strong Wang serve, and Yang finished things off moments later with a great spike.