Yuan inspires China to straight-sets sweep of Azerbaijan
Osaka, Japan, October 8, 2018 - China, the world's top-ranked team, swept 24th-ranked Azerbaijan 3-0 in Pool F at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Monday afternoon. In front of a large Chinese following, the Rio Olympic champions won 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 in 74 minutes to improve their win-loss record for the tournament to 6-1 with two second-round matches still to play. Azerbaijan dropped to 2-5. Middle blocker Yuan Xinyue dominated the centre of the net with a team-high 17 points, including five service aces, Gong Xiangyu added 13 and captain Zhu Ting 12.