China beats Russia in 4 sets at volleyball World Cup

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) China beat Russia 25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20 Saturday to move into first place at the women’s volleyball World Cup.

Ting Zhu scored a match-high 29 points as China improved to 27 points atop the standings.

China faces host Japan on Sunday, the final day of competition. Russia, which dropped to 8-2, next faces Algeria.

In other matches, Jelena Nikolic scored 11 points as Serbia won its ninth straight with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 victory over Kenya.

Serbia is in second place with 24 points and will face Argentina on Sunday.

Nicole Fawcett led with 20 points as world champions United States beat host Japan 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10 to improve to 8-2 and move into third place, while South Korea beat Argentina 25-21, 25-17, 25-20.

Elsewhere, the Dominican Republic beat Algeria 25-11, 25-12, 25-7 while Cuba rallied from a set down for a 13-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 win over Peru.