USA sit atop of women’s Pool B
London, Great Britain, August 1, 2012 – Top world-ranked United
States took sole possession of first place in Pool B following
their 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 31-29) well battled triumph over No. 3
China in a match between teams with unbeaten win-loss record on
It was the eighth consecutive victory for USA over China who
last defeated the Americans in the 2007 World Grand Prix. The
Americans, who held a 10-8 advantage in the blocking department,
improved to 3-0 while China saw their mark fall to 2-1.
Destinee Hooker and Megan Hodge hammered 22 and 18 points
respectively to top the American attack while Foluke Akinradewo
and Logan Tom chipped in with 10 and 9. Zheng Chunlei had 10 for
China and teammate Chu Junling added nine points.
Japan 3, Dominican Republic 0
Japan defeated Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-20,
25-19, 25-23) to improve their win-loss record to 2-1 in Pool A
of the women’s volleyball Olympic tournament on Wednesday. The
Japanese utilized their traditional fast pace and game variety
to inflict Dominican Republic their third loss in as many
outings. The defeated side made 22 unforced errors compared to
11 by the winners.
Yukiko Ebata and Saori Kimura topped the score charts of Japan
with 14 and 13 points respectively while Ai Otomo and Mai
Yamaguchi contributed 9 and 8 in the balanced offence of the
Asian side. Dominican Republic’s Prisilla Rivera and Bethania De
La Cruz finished with 16 and 15 respectively.