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Volleyball: Italy, US Beat European Champions in World Cup - 2003-11-09

Women's world volleyball champion Italy beat European champion Poland in straight sets Sunday, to stay in contention with a 6-1 record at the World Cup tournament in Japan. The Italians combined their blocking with quick attacks for a 25-15, 25-17, 25-22 victory. Asian champion China leads the standings with seven straight wins ahead of Italy, the United States and Brazil with identical 6-1 record, vying for the three berths to the Athens Olympic Games. The World silver medallist United States, which lost its first match to Poland in five sets Saturday, needed another tough 111 minutes to beat European silver medallists Turkey in five sets, 24-26, 25-22, 26-24, 22-25, 15-10.

In other results, Japan rallied for a four-set (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24) win over the Dominican Republic, while China, four-time defending Cuba and South American champion Brazil all won in straight sets. China beat Argentina (25-16, 25-15, 25-19), Cuba outclassed Egypt (25-15, 25-10, 25-16) and Brazil topped South Korea (25-18, 25-21, 26-24).