Sun, Nov 11, 2007 - Page 24 News List

US women rally to beat Thailand in Kumamoto

AP , KUMAMOTO, JAPAN

US volleyball players celebrate during their World Cup volleyball match against Thailand in Kumamoto, Japan, yesterday.

PHOTO: AFP

Tayibba Haneef-Park scored a team-high 17 points as the US rallied from a game down yesterday to defeat Thailand and stay undefeated at the volleyball Women's World Cup.

Danielle Scott-Arruda added 15 points to help the US to the 21-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-13 win and a 7-0 record.

"The players worked very hard today," US coach Lang Ping said. "I made some substitutions as we have some injuries. There are still four difficult games to go and we must concentrate on each match."

The Nov. 2 to Nov. 17 tournament features 12 teams bidding for three berths at next year's Beijing Olympics. The men's tournament will also be held in Japan from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2.

In other matches, European champions Italy stayed tied with the US at 7-0 with a 25-13, 25-13, 25-5 win over Kenya, who have yet to win a match.

Serbia improved to a 6-1 record with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-23 win over Peru while Brazil eased past South Korea 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 to keep pace at 6-1.

Cuba downed the Dominican Republic 25-13, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18 to improve to 5-2.

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