A more experienced Soviet Union team, behind the powerful hitting of Irina Smirnova, routed the United States Friday night in the opening round of women's volleyball competition in the Goodwill Games at Spokane, Wash.
The Soviets, with five members of their 1988 Olympic gold medal team, won, 15-5, 15-8, 16-14.
In an earlier Group B match, Brazil defeated Canada, 15-5, 15-2, 15-3.
In a Group A match, China overcame a slow start to defeat Peru in a rematch of the teams' 1988 Olympic silver-medal encounter.
China beat Olympic silver-medalist Peru, 15-5, 7-15, 15-13, 15-7.
In a second Group A match, Japan defeated Cuba, 12-15, 15-6, 15-8, 15-7.
In gymnastics, the world champion Soviet men, as expected, won the team title with 176.500 points.
Despite the absence of injured world champion Igor Korobchinski and a sub-par effort from Valentin Mogilny, the Soviets led from the opening routine.