USA drop to 7-1 after losing to China 3-0
OSAKA, Japan, October 10, 2018 - The Osaka Municipal Central
Gymnasium was transformed into Chinatown on Wednesday night as
the world's top-ranked team demolished the reigning world
champions and world No.2 USA 3-0 with an exhilarating display of
fast-paced, power-packed volleyball.
The Rio Olympic champions beat the United States 25-17, 26-24,
25-18 to improve their win-loss record to 7-1 - and drop the
Americans to the same mark with just one game to go in the
second round. The United States next play against Italy.
The stands were packed with red - shirts and flags of hundreds
of Chinese supporters - and down on the court the Chinese were a
blur of yellow shirts as the USA had no answer to their
Captain Zhu Ting led her team with 19 points, 17 of them spikes,
and Gong Xiangyu added 14 with 11 spikes and three blocks in
another top-notch individual performance.
The Americans had 14 points from Captain Jordan Larson and nine
apiece from Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Karsta Lowe but it was
not their night.