Nataliya Obmochaeva had 16 points for the Russians who improved to a 5-0 record to remain one point clear of Team USA who bullied Algeria in a 3-0 (25-7, 25-2, 25-5) mauling.
Algeria’s two-point haul in the second set was the lowest in World Cup history as the top-ranked Americans made a statement with their fourth win in five matches..
Tori Dixon had 16 points for the US to outscore the entire Algerian team, with Megan Easy the next best with 12 points.
The hosts prevailed in five tough sets (25-18, 20-25, 30-32, 25-15, 15-13) to sit in third spot on 12 points with four wins.
Despite the loss, the Dominican Republic sit in sixth spot on 10 points with a 3-2 record.
All teams will now move cities for the second phase of the round-robin section of the tournament.
The action gets back underway in the early hours of Sunday morning (Eastern Time).