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China beats Algeria in opener of women's world cup


16:42, November 04, 2011

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Powerhouse China on Friday beat Algeria in straight sets to win its first victory at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

It was the first match between the Chinese team and their African opponents. Met with strong defense, the Chinese players had a tough beginning. But they soon adapted to the tactics of the Algerian players and rallied to dominate the court till they won it 25-13, 25-14, 25-19.

The star of the match was Wang Yimei, who has been known for her effective spikes. Wang scored 11 points on Friday, one point away from Zhang Lei. But Wang and her compatriots also lost several points in serving.

"It was our first match in the World Cup and it was a little hard to get accustomed to the stadium, but we' ll be used to it," Wang said after the match.

Chinese head coach Yu Juemin said he was satisfied with the performance. He hoped his team would do a good job in the following match against the defending champion Italy.

The Algerian coach Ahmed Boukacem said his team had done their best in the first match, but it was so difficult to play a team like China.

The World Cup this year marks the first step in the qualification process for the London Olympic Games next year. The tournament will run from November 4 to 18. A total of 12 teams take part in the contest, but only the top three teams will qualify for the Olympics.

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