Yokohama: Powerhouse China defeated Cameroon 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 to register a 2-0 record at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup here on Sunday.
Compared with the opener, the defending champions fielded a completely different starting line-up, which featured opposite hitter Zeng Chunlei, wing spikers Li Yingying and Liu Xiaotong, middle blockers Wang Yuanyuan and Zheng Yixin, setter Yao Di and libero Lin Li.
Both sides were troubled by errors in the first set, especially on the serve. The score seesawed until Liu Xiaotong’s three aces helped China establish a 19-15 lead and carried on the momentum to claim the first set 25-18.
China took varied attacking approaches in the set targeting the weakness of Cameroon’s defense and earn the set point at 24-14 following a 9-2 run. Although captain Christelle Tchoudjang managed to save two of the setpoints with her spike, the gap was too large to close as Zeng Chunlei fired to put China two sets ahead.
China will seek a third consecutive win against its old rival Russia on Monday while Cameroon taking on the Dominican Republic. IANS