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China, Serbia remain in World Cup title contention

 
Nagoya, Japan, September 5, 2005 – Three-time World Cup winners China and European powerhouse Serbia kept alive their hopes of landing the title of the 2015 FIVB Women’s World Cup after picking up respective victories on Saturday to share a 9-1 record at the end of Day Ten. World champions the United States rallied past Japan in the last match of the day to share an 8-2 record with Russia.

China seized a 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20) win over Russia, which completed a huge upset of world champions USA on Friday. China took the first two sets but Russia fought off with a tight win in the third frame. In the fourth set, China pinned the Russians scoreless in the last five plays to be one step away from their fourth World Cup title. Zhu Ting made a heroic effort to notch 29 points, built on 21 kills, seven blocks and a service ace, to outscore Russian Tatiana Kosheleva, who charted 24 markers.

Serbia warded off an inspired Kenyan run in the third set to come up with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-19) triumph over Kenya in Komaki. Serbia started off with their big gunners Tijana Boskovic and Brankica Mihajlovic but as the Serbians dictated the tempo in the first set, coach Zoran Terzic opted to give these players some breather after some tough matches in the other rounds. Serbia still ended up with a good result as Terzic’s hitters utilized their height and strength to overpower the Kenyan blockers. Jelena Nikolic led the Serbian assault with 11 points.

With one last match remained for each of the 12 teams competing in this World Cup, China led the standings with 27 points while Serbia were second at 24. The Chinese women will face Japan on Sunday evening while Serbia take on Argentina.

Earlier on Saturday, Dominican Republic snapped a two-match losing streak after they defeated winless Algeria in straight sets (25-11, 25-12, 25-7). The Dominicans overwhelmed the Algerians in service aces 8-1 and blocks 8-1. Marianne Fersola Norberto topped all scorers with 15 markers to give the Dominicans a 5-5 win-loss record. 

In Komaki, Cuba withstood their first set loss to Peru and staged a comeback to finish with a 3-1 (13-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19) win. After struggling on their floor defence in the first set, Cuba mounted tough blocks against the Peruvian attackers that completely shifted the tempo to their side. Heidy Rodriguez and Sulian Matienzo contributed 19 and 18 points, respectively, to the Cuban win, while Karla Ortiz and Katherine Regalado had to work harder to earn their points, finished with 15 and 13 points.

Kim Yeon-Koung powered the Korean offence in their straight-set (25-21, 25-17, 25-20) victory over Argentina at the Park Arena Komaki. Korea improved to 5-5 while Argentina slipped to 4-6. Yeon-Koung delivered 14 kills, two blocks and two aces; other Korean hitters Kim Hee-Jin and Lee Soyoung also hit the double-digit mark with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Natalia Aispurua led Argentina with eight points.

In the last match of the day, the American women overcame a sluggish start to beat the hosts 3-1 (2025, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10). Nicole Fawcett came from the bench to lead the American scoring with 20 points from 13 kills, five blocks and two aces. The United States enjoyed a balanced offense with Jordan Larson-Burbach, Foluke Akinradewo, Tetori Dixon and Kelsey Robinson also in double scoring digits.

Top Scorer by Day
26 – Mercy Moim of Kenya v Cuba on August 22
34 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Japan on August 23
19 – Sarina Koga of Japan v Cuba on August 24
27 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China on August 26
26 – Prisilla Rivera Brens of Dominican Republic v Japan on August 27
25 – Nataliya Obmochaeva of Russia v Korea on August 30
27 – TijanaBoskovic of Serbia v Russia; Nataliya Obmochaeva of Russia v Serbia on August 31
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Dominican Republic on September 1
20 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Kenya on September 4
29 – Zhu Ting of China v Russiaon September 5

Top Scoring Performances
34 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Japan on August 23
29 – Zhu Ting of China v Russiaon September 5
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Dominican Republic on September 1
28 – TijanaBoskovic of Serbia v Japan on September 1
27 – TijanaBoskovic of Serbia v Russia; Nataliya Obmochaeva of Russia v Serbia on August 31
27 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China on August 26
26 – Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v Japan on September 1
26 – Prisilla Rivera Brens of Dominican Republic v Japan on August 27
26 – Mercy Moim of Kenya v Cuba on August 22
25 – Nataliya Obmochaeva of Russia v Korea on August 30
25 – ReglaGracia of Cuba v Kenya on August 22
24 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v China on September 5
24 – Zhu Ting of China v Serbia on August 22
24 – Nataliya Obmochaeva of Russia v Dominican Republic on August 22
23 – Saori Kimura of Japan v Russia on August 23
23 – TijanaBoskovic of Serbia v USA on August 23

Top Individual Serving Performances
7 – Katherine Regalado of Peru v Argentina on September 4
5 – Heidy Rodriguez of Cuba v Peru on September 5
5 – Alexandra Munoz of Peru v Cuba on September 5
5 – Prisilla Rivera Brens of Dominican Republic v Japan on August 27
5 – Zhang Changning of China v Serbia on August 22
4 – Ni Yan of China v Argentina on September 1
4 – Haruka Miyashita of Japan v Korea on August 31
4 – Yonkaira Paolo Pena Isabel of Dominican Republic v Serbia on August 30
4 – Sarina Koga of Japan v Dominican Republic on August 27
4 – Miyu Nagaoka of Japan v Cuba on August 24
4 – TijanaBoskovic of Serbia v USA on August 23
4 – Saori Kimura of Japan v Argentina on August 22
4 – EverlynMakuto of Kenya v Cuba on August 22
4 - FolukeAkinradewo of USA v Korea on August 22

Top Team Serving Performances
12 – Peru v Cuba on September 5
12 – Peru v Argentina on September 4
11 – Japan v Algeria on September 4
10 – China v Kenya on August 31
10 – Dominican Republic v Japan on August 27
10 – Japan v Kenya on August 26
10 – Korea v Algeria on August 24
10 – Serbia v USA on August 23
10 - USA v Korea on August 22

Top Individual Blocking Performances
7 – Zhu Ting of China v Russia on September 5
7 – Yamila Hernandez Santas of Cubav Peruon September 5
7 – Irina Fetisova of Russia v USA on September 4
7 – Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v Japan on September 1
7 – Yuan Xinyue of China v Peru on August 27
6 – Ni Yan of China v Russiaon September 5
6 – TijanaBoskovic of Serbia v Japan on September 1
6 – Ruth Jepngetich of Kenya v Algeria on September 1
6 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v Russia on August 31
6 – Tetori Dixon of USA v Algeria on August 27
6 – JulietaConstanzaLazcano of Argentina v Dominican Republic on August 24
6 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v USA on August 23
6 – MajaOgnjenovic of Serbia v USA on August 23
6 – Zhu Ting of China v Serbia on August 22
5 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v China on September 5
5 – Tetori Dixon of USA v Cuba on September 1
5 – Irina Fetisova of Russia v Peru on September 1
5 – Jovana Stevanovic of Serbia v Russia on August 31
5 – EkaterianOrlova of Russia v Serbia on August 31
5 – Annerys Victoria Valdez Vargas of Dominican Republic v Japan on August 27
5 – Alena Rojas Orta of Cuba v Dominican Republic v Cuba on August 26
5 – Marianne Fersola Norberto of Dominican Republic v Argentina on August 24
5 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Japan on August 23
5 – Emilce Sosa of Argentina v Cuba on August 23
5 – Yang Hyo-Jin of Korea v Peru on August 23
5 – Nataliya Obmochaeva of Russia v Dominican Republic on August 22
5 – Nicole Fawcett of USA v Japan on September 5

Top Team Blocking Performances
22 – Serbia v USA on August 23
21 – China v Russia on September 5
21 – Serbia v Japan on September 1
17 – Russia v Serbia on August 31
17 – China v Cuba on August 30
17 – USA v Algeria on August 27
16 – Russia v China on September 5
16 – Cuba v Peru on September 5
16 – USA v Japan on September 5
16 – Korea v Peru on August 23
16 – Russia v USA on September 4
14 – Kenya v Algeria on September 1
14 – Serbia v Russia on August 31
14 – Dominican Republic v Peru on August 30
14 – Japan v Dominican Republic on August 27
14 – Cuba v Dominican Republic on August 26
14 – Dominican Republic v Argentina on August 24
14 – Argentina v Dominican Republic on August 24
14 – China v Serbia on August 22

Highest Scoring Sets
27-25 Cuba v Kenya (1st set) on August 22
28-26 Dominican Republic v Kenya (1st set) on August 23
25-23 USA v China (1st and 3rd sets) on August 24
25-23 Dominican Republic v Cuba (4th set); Korea v China (1st set); China v Korea (4th set) on August 26
32-30 Dominican Republic v Japan (3rd set) on August 27
26-24 Korea v Russia (2nd set) on August 30
26-24 Japan v Korea (2nd set) on August 31
26-24Japan v Serbia (1st set) on September 1
31-29 Russia v USA (2ndset) on September 4
25-23 China v Russia (1stset); Russia v China (3rd set); USA v Japan (2nd set) on September 5

Highest Scoring Matches
184 - Cuba d Kenya 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 12-25, 25-22) on August 22
202 – Russia d Japan 3-2 (12-25, 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13) on August 23
177 – Dominican Republic d Argentina 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-15) on August 24
185 – Dominican Republic d Cuba 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23) on August 26
218 – Japan d Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 30-32, 25-15, 15-13) on August 27
142 – Russia d Korea 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-22) on August 30
208 – Serbia d Russia 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12) on August 31
208 – Serbia d Russia 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12) on August 31
201 – Serbia d Japan 3-2 (24-26, 25-17, 25-14, 21-25, 15-9) on September 1
206 – Argentina d Peru 3-2 (16-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12) on September 4
186 – China d Russia3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20) on September 5

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