• Kyodo


Tournament favorite China continued its dominance with a blistering 3-0 victory over Poland on the fifth day of action at the women’s volleyball World Cup on Thursday.

The Chinese squad, whose explosive attack at Nagoya Sports Complex was too much for its Polish opponent, won its fifth straight to move a step closer to sealing a berth for next year’s Athens Olympics.

Meanwhile, defending champion Italy trampled Argentina 4-1 to secure its fourth win from five matches while South Korea crushed Egypt to pick up its second win at the tournament.

Turkey, making its debut at the World Cup, continued to show progress with a convincing victory over the Dominican Republic. Logan Tom scored 16 points as the United States downed host Japan 25-15, 25-22, 25-19 at Nagoya Rainbow Hall. Prikeba Phipps added 13 points for the U.S. team, which is the only undefeated team besides China. Japan’s record worsened to 3-2.

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