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USA, Russia, China, Serbia keep 7-1 win-loss cards on Day 8

 
Sendai and Okayama, Japan, September 1, 2015 – The United States are still top-ranked after they won seven of eight matches and earned 22 ranking points; but Russia, China and Serbia have also kept their 7-1 win-loss cards on Day 8 of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.

Tetori Dixon showed another consistent performance as she led USA to defeat Cuba 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-15) in Okayama. Dixon just dominated in blocks, scoring five of the 11 total blocks of USA, and outscoring the entire Cuban squad in the skill set. USA drilled 42 spikes and limited their errors to just six in the match. Cuba’s Regla Rainierys Gracia Gonzalez scored 12 points on a losing effort.

In Sendai, Russia recovered from their 3-2 loss to Serbia on Monday and showed a strong 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-20) performance over Peru. Tatiana Kosheleva, Natalia Malykh and Irina Fetisova spearheaded the Russian offence that intimidated the Peruvian blockers. Peruvian hitters only managed to score in single digits, as the Russian block was evidently superior. Mirthe Uribe and Katherinne Regalado had eight and seven markers for Peru, respectively.

Korea’s Kim Yeon-Koung and Kim Hee-Jin recorded 29 and 22 points in their 3-1 (18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-18) win over the Dominican Republic. Although the Asian squad was down in the first set, they fought hard to take the next three sets and unleashed a strong attack barrage that dislodged the Dominican Republic block and floor defence.

Serbia prevailed over Japan in the thrilling 3-2 (24-26, 25-17, 25-14, 21-25, 15-9) encounter saw the Europeans deflecting 21 attacks by the hosts. Tijana Boskovic and Brankica Mihajlovic reigned over the Japanese hitters, with 28 and 26 points, respectively. Miyu Nagaoka, who was the key player in the Japanese comeback in the fourth set, scored 23 points.

Meanwhile, in other matches in Okayama, Kenya recorded their first World Cup victory by prevailing 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-11) over African rivals Algeria. Mercy Moim had another prolific scoring stint for Kenya, finishing with 18 points, followed by Ruth Jepngetich, who added 13 points. Algerian top scorer Nawel Hammouche managed to hit the double-digit mark with 10 points. Kenya outscored their neighbours in spikes 36-15, blocks 14-4 and service aces 9-2.

Zhu Ting was back in action for China against Argentina, where the former curbed the South American side in straight sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-20). Zhu certainly made her presence felt as she finished with 15 points from 11 spikes and four blocks, then Yuan Xinyue added 14 points for China. Natalia Aispurua registered 10 points for Argentina.

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 – Tijana Boskovic 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
Top Scoring Performances
34 – Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Japan on August 23
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Dominican Republic on September 1
28 – Tijana Boskovic of Serbia v Japan on September 1
27 – Tijana Boskovic 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 – Regla Gracia of Cuba v Kenya on August 22
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 – Tijana Boskovic of Serbia v USA on August 23

Top Individual Serving Performances
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 – Tijana Boskovic of Serbia v USA on August 23
4 – Saori Kimura of Japan v Argentina on August 22
4 – Everlyn Makuto of Kenya v Cuba on August 22
4 - Foluke Akinradewo of USA v Korea on August 22

Top Team Serving Performances
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 – Brankica Mihajlovic of Serbia v Japan on September 1
7 – Yuan Xinyue of China v Peru on August 27
6 – Tijana Boskovic 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 – Julieta Constanza Lazcano of Argentina v Dominican Republic on August 24
6 – Milena Rasic of Serbia v USA on August 23
6 – Maja Ognjenovic of Serbia v USA on August 23
6 – Zhu Ting of China v Serbia on August 22
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 – Ekaterian Orlova 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

Top Team Blocking Performances
22 – Serbia v USA on August 23
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 – Korea v Peru on August 23
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
26-24 Japan v Serbia (1st set) on September 1

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

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