Olympics: Wednesday's U.S. Women's Volleyball vs. China Result

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Olympics: Wednesday's U.S. Women's Volleyball vs. China Result


LONDON >> Destinee Hooker scored 22 points and the U.S. women's volleyball team improved to 3-0 with a three-set preliminary round victory over China at the London Olympics on Wednesday.

Megan Hodge added 18 points for the top-ranked U.S. team in the 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 win. Zeng Chunlei scored 10 points, including two aces, for No. 3 China, which fell to 2-1 in the preliminary round.

It was the United States' eighth straight victory over China in international competition. The team's last loss came at the 2007 World Grand Prix.

The U.S. women are among the favorites to medal in London. The team has never won an Olympic gold medal in indoor volleyball.

The U.S. brought the silver home from Beijing after falling in the final to powerhouse Brazil. In an early-round rematch in London, the U.S. came away with a 3-1 victory over the second-ranked Brazilians.

Under coach Hugh McCutcheon, who led the American men to the gold medal in Beijing before shifting to the women's team, the U.S. took over the top spot in the international rankings late last year to end Brazil's four-year run at the top.

Logan Tom's ace in the first set made it 12-10 and it appeared the U.S. was making a move, but China pulled in front 19-18 on Wei Qiuyue's kill. Tom's misplayed dig gave China a short-lived 23-20 advantage.

Hooker's block and a pair of spikes from Hodge made it 16-13 and the U.S. pulled away in the second set.

Jinling Chu's ace pulled China in front 19-18 in the hard-fought third set, which was won when China could not return another kill by Hodge. Wei Qiuyue, who tried to block Hodge, raised her hands to her face and had to be consoled by her teammates as the U.S. celebrated.

Chinese star Wang Yimei, a 6-foot-2 wing spiker known for her powerful jump serve, was coming off of surgery to repair ligament damage in her right ankle but has appeared fully recovered in London. She had six points in the match against the United States.

China, which won the bronze in Beijing, struggled going into the games, losing four straight matches at the recent FIVB World Grand Prix while resting Wang. …

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