The U.S. women's national team lost to host China, 25-20, 25-19, 15-25, 25-23, Sunday in a match featuring the top two teams in the FIVB world rankings.
The Americans entered the match of the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool A in Ningbo, China, ranked No. 1, while China is No. 2 in the world.
Team USA, aiming to win its seventh World Grand Prix title and fifth in seven years, falls to 2-1.
The U.S. returns home this weekend to host the World Grand Prix Pool E weekend pod at Long Beach State's Walter Pyramid. The Americans host Germany on June 17, followed by No. 5 Japan on June 18 and No. 10 Turkey on June 19.
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo led Team USA with 16 points, including 10 kills on 22 swings, four blocks and two aces. Opposite Kelly Murphy, who came off the bench to start the final two sets, contributed 13 points with 10 kills on 25 attacks, two aces and a block.
Team USA out-blocked China 17-15, but the hosts held advantages in kills (51-48) and aces (7-6). The Americans also committed one error more than the Chinese, 17-16. China's back row held a 30-17 dig advantage and had a 27-18 excellent reception margin in which the Americans struggled in the category in the first two sets.
The FIVB World Grand Prix schedule has each of the 12 teams in Group 1 playing three preliminary round weekends in various cities before the top five teams plus Thailand compete in the final round, July 6-10, in Bangkok, Thailand.