WUHAN, China, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- China swept Argentina 3-0 here on Friday for their seventh victory at the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament.
Hui Ruoqi scored game-high 16 points and Liu Congcong had five stuffs to add nine points for China.
The Chinese women had a sluggish start in the opening set, falling behind 6-3 after a smart dink by Josefina Fernandez. But the World Grand Prix preliminary leaders got their offense going soon enough as Hui had three spikes and Liu added two blocks to lead an 8-2 run that pushed China up at 11-8.
Trailing by 20-13, Argentina fought bravely to cut their deficit to 21-17, only to find China run off four of the last five points to take the opener at 25-18.
In the second set, China jumped to a 7-3 lead before Liu and Shen Jingsi teamed up to stop ice Fernandez to give them a comfortable cushion at 12-6. Fernandez and Natasha Busquets blocked Hui to pull Argentina within 13-9, but the Chinese scored three unanswered points and never looked back.
Star coach Lang Ping sent several bench players to the court in the third set as her side had no great trouble sealing the set at 25-16 and the match in 72 minutes.
"We need more players to play for the national team and I am trying to give the new players opportunities to play as much as I can," said Lang Ping.
"It's really hard to say that we have already decided on our starting line-up, I think I will try a lot of different combination of players this year and next year," said Lang Ping at the after-match press conference.
With the straight sets victory, China now led the World Grand Prix preliminary standings with 20 points from seven wins.
Earlier on Friday, Serbia beat Poland 3-1 in the other match of Pool N. China will play Poland on Saturday as Serbia takes on Argentina.