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World Grand Prix 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

China beat Cuba 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 25-16) - duration 1:18
20-Jul, start time: 14:03, end time: 15:21 - Attendance: 4,100
Fantastie set of Feng Kun No.2 of CHN up set CUB 3:0 (30:28, 25:23, 25:16)
After taking a convincing 3-0 win over the USA on the opening day, China still maintained their exceptional form against reigning world and consecutive three-times Olympic champions. Both teams showed their blocking and spiking abilities in the first set, with hard-hitting Yang Hao and Zhang Jing smashing fiercely to put China in front 19-15. The fighting Cubans put their acts together, with Ruiz Luaces Yumilka penetrating the rivals' stout defence to help narrow the gap 27-28. However, Yang stretched her hands and smashed her way to score successive three-pointer to end the Cuba's challenge in the hard-fought first-set thriller 30-28. Conceding one-set deficit, the Cubans upped their tempo, with smashing machine Ruiz attacking relentlessly to move the team ahead 15-12. However, China mixed the offensive mobility of devastating spikes from Zhang Jing and Yang Hao to catch up with the tough rivals at 21-21 before winning the closely-contested set 25-23. In the third set, Cuba's game was riddled with receiving and spiking errors, leaving the Chinese girls to unleash a series of spectacular spikes led by the brilliant trio of Zhang Jing, Yang Hao and Zhao Ruirui. As their rivals played somewhat a far cry from their best, China grew their dominant way. They were confident of winning the set and match, fielding several players from the bench including Song Nina and Li Shan to effortlessly win the set 25-16.