It appeared to do the trick as USA found their groove once more with the ever-reliable Kelsey Robinson impressing.
They wrapped up the final two sets 25-17 and 25-20 and will vie once more for the VNL title on Sunday (July 7).
Coach, commentator and Freeball podcast host Lewie Lett gives us his match analysis:
USA had a few shaky moments but they got the job done in front of a passionate Chinese crowd. For the first time this week, Kiraly’s hand was forced after the second set to make changes and did so to great effect with Poulter and Dixon coming in.
China gave it a good go but without their some of their star players and head coach, they couldn’t hand the Americans on this occasion.
Even though USA and Brazil have come up against each other once already this week, it will be two radically different line-ups to those that played on Friday. Expect fireworks!