China, Serbia seize control of their Olympic destiny

China and Serbia are both one win away from booking their ticket to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games after victories on Day 10 of the FIVB Women’s World Cup.

With the win, China (9-1) leads the 12-team round robin tournament for the first time after a 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20) win over Russia.

Zhu Ting was immense for the Chinese with 29 point on 21 kills, seven blocks and an ace, while Tatiana Kosheleva led the Russians with 24 points.

The loss sees Russia plummet (8-2) from first to fourth spot after the high of Friday’s straight-set win over Team USA.

Serbia accounted for Kenya 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-19) to climb into outright second spot with a 9-1 record.

Another win on Sunday against Argentina would guarantee the Serbians, who posted victories over both Russia and the USA this tournament, Olympic qualification.

And if China beats Japan they too will be heading to Rio.

The US could still sneak into the top two after a comeback 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10) win over tournament hosts Japan on Saturday.

Karch Kiraly’s decision to inject Nicole Fawcett off the bench proved a master stroke as she top scored with 20 points to steer the US to a bounce-back win after Friday’s devastating loss to Russia.

The Americans must beat the Dominican Republic on Sunday and have either China or Serbia lose to qualify for Rio.

In other Day 10 results Dominican Republic smashed Algeria, 25-11, 25-12, 25-7, Cuba beat Peru in four sets, 13-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19, while Korea powered past Argentina, 25-21, 25-17, 25-20.

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