Russia and China, both with 2-0 records, have secured spots in the semi finals as Brazil and Belgium are 0-2. China defeated Belgium 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 with Zhang Yichan, Chen Liyi and Cao Yiting contributing to the success with 15, 12 and 10 points respectively. Belgian Jolien Wittock had 18 points. In Pool E, Japan (1-1) and Dominican Republic (0-2) engaged in a five-set battle with Japan coming out winners by scores of 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 23-25, 15-12. Hiroko Matsuura recorded 20 points for Japan leading four players in double figures.
Dominican Jeoselina Rodriguez, the leading scorer of the competition, added 32 to her account and Lisvel Eve added 20. Meanwhile, Serbia (2-0) took a major step toward the semi final round with a 3-0 victory over Turkey (1-1). The scores were 25-23, 25-22, 25-21. Serbians Stefana Veljkovic and Sanja Malagurski each had 14 points and Busra Cansu also had 14 for Turkey.
In Mexicali, in the round for the 9-12 positions, Italy crushed Tunisia 25-18, 25-11, 25-15 improving to a 2-0 mark in Pool H. Italian Alessia Gennari had 13 points and Agrebi Rahma had a dozen for Tunisia. Also in Pool H, Korea (1-1) defeated Puerto Rico (1-1) in three sets (25-18, 25-23, 25-15) with Yea-Na Joo, Yeon.Ju Lee and Hee-Jin Yang scoring 15, 14 and 10 respectively. In Pool G, Peru (1-1) scored a big surprise by defeating USA (1-1) in consecutive sets (25-23, 25-23, 26-24) with Carla Rueda as the leading scorer for the winners with 11 points. In the last match of the evening, Patricia Grohmann had 15 points and Germany (2-0) downed Mexico (1-1) in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-23).
photo Wagner Araujo
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