Team USA defeats China at Women’s Volleyball Nations League

Chinese players block Hannah Tapp of the United States during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League match in Quezon City, the Philippines, June 18, 2022. /Xinhua, Rouelle Umali

Chinese players block Hannah Tapp of the United States during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League match in Quezon City, the Philippines, June 18, 2022. /Xinhua, Rouelle Umali

The United States Women’s National Volleyball Team defeated China 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on June 18 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Olympic champions Tokyo and world No. 1 team USA now have six wins and one loss, edging out China to take second place in the 16-team preliminary round. The top eight teams will be eligible to compete in the finals in Turkey in early July.

With excellent serves and attacks, the US team posed challenges in China’s opening pass.

The Chinese team, made up of mostly new young players, lacks the experience to handle the high-speed techniques of the American team.

China led the third set 7-2 as the USA team made more offensive errors but managed to come from behind and snatch victory with powerful attacks and effective defense.

Chinese players celebrate during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League match against the United States in Quezon City, the Philippines, June 18, 2022. /Xinhua, Rouelle Umali

Chinese players celebrate during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League match against the United States in Quezon City, the Philippines, June 18, 2022. /Xinhua, Rouelle Umali

Outside striker Kathryn Plummer had 20 points for Team USA, while Li Yingying led China with 13 points.

“We had problems blocking and defending today. USA were more fluid in attack. Hopefully we can learn from the game and discover our weaknesses.” Chinese captain Yuan Xinyuan said after the match.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria swept Canada 26-24, 25-22 and 25-21, and Belgium beat Poland 20-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-22 and 13-15 after a intense game.

China, with five wins and two losses, sits third and will face top-ranked Japan on Sunday, which is on a seven-game winning streak.

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