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Italy Edges China in Final Round of Women's Grand Prix Volleyball Tournament

Defending World Cup champion Italy has rallied to edge reigning Olympic Champion China in the final round of the World Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament in Yokohama, Japan.

The Italian women twice came back from a game down Wednesday to beat China 3-2 (22-25, 29-27, 20-25, 25-20, 15-9). Chinese coach Chen Zhonghe said his team made too many errors and did not play as well as the Italians.

Earlier in the day, world silver medallists Brazil defeated the United States 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) to open the six-team round robin competition.

In the late match, Cuba rallied after losing the first game to beat host-Japan, 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19).