Big five flex muscles at FIVB World Cup

The top five nations at the FIVB Women’s World Cup all posted victories on day six of competition in Japan.

Russia remains the only undefeated team through six matches after a dominant straight sets (25-20, 26-24, 25-22) victory over Korea.

Powerhouse Nataliya Obmochaeva had another night out with 25 points, including a whopping 21 spikes to go with her three blocks.

With the win the Russians remain atop the tournament ladder on 17 points, one clear of the USA who showed no mercy against Kenya with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-13) victory.

It was another dominant showing from Karch Kiraly’s side, with Nicole Fawcett (16 points) and Megan Easy (14) the leading scorers in what was a total team effort.

Host nation Japan gave their fans more reason to cheer with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) triumph over Peru to sit in third spot on 15 points, two back from leaders Russia.

They are joined on 15 points by China who showed they are not in Japan to make up the numbers with a powerful 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-14) win over Cuba.

Zhang Changning led China with 16 points with Zeng Chunlei (15) the other top scorer.

Fifth-place Serbia kept pace with the leaders with their fifth victory of the championship – a hard-fought 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) victory over the Dominican Republic who sit in sixth on 10 points despite the loss.

Brankica Mihajlovic topped all scorers with 16 points but blocks were the difference as the Serbians thwarted nine DR attacks in a tense tussle.

In the other match on day six, Argentina thumped Algeria 3-0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-11) to record their third victory in the tournament and climb to seventh spot on nine points.