The U.S. women's national volleyball team will play a three-game series with Japan this week in Southern California as part of the first USA Volleyball Cup, an effort to bring elite-level indoor volleyball to fans in the United States.
The U.S. women, ranked No. 1 in the world by the sport's international federation, open the series with a match Wednesday at UC San Diego. On Friday, the teams will mean at Long Beach State, followed by the finale Saturday at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano.
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Chinese pair Xue Chen and Zhang Xi beat Karla Borge and Britta Buthe of Germany 18-21, 21-17, 21-19 in a nail-biting final to win the women’s title at the beach volleyball World Championships.
The top seeds saved one match point, falling behind 13-14 in the third set Saturday. They then had six straight match points, five of which were saved by the German team, reports Xinhua.
“When I saw the ball landed on their half and the crowd were clapping their hands for us, I realised we had won the final,” said the 24-year-old Xue Chen.
I spoke to Jake by phone while he was at the San Francisco Airport awaiting a flight to the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Poland this week.
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