Matsumoto, Japan, August 24, 2015 – Reigning world champions the United States swept China 3-0 here Monday evening in a repeat of the 2014 FIVB World Championship final match.
Recovering from an upset full-set loss to Serbia the night before, the American women collected the 25-23, 25-17 and 25-23 victory and improved their win-loss record at the 2015 FIVB Women’s World Cup to 2-1. The Chinese women, who had lost to the American team 3-1 to finish runners-up in last year’s World Championship, had their two-game winning streak snapped.
Christa Harmotto Dietzen injured her knee before being replaced by Terori Dixon when it was tied at 17-all in the third set, but the United States stayed calm and went on to seal the victory in 90 minutes.
The United States overpowered the Chinese women as they made 55 kills, compared with 38 for China. Karsta Lowe led the United States with 16 points with Kimberly Hill and Foluke Akinradewo adding 14 and 11 respectively. Zhu Ting led the Chinese scoring with 17 and Zhang Changning added 14, but no other Chinese player scored more than four points.