Russia and South Korea emerged victorious after the first weekend of play in the Women's World Grand Prix volleyball tournament.
Playing in Macau, Russia beat China in their final match after also outplaying Italy and the United States over the three-day event.
In Seoul, hosts South Korea upset Olympic gold-medallists Cuba on the final day of play to take the championship of the Korean leg of the tournament, which features the world's top women's volleyball sides facing each other in six Asian venues throughout August.
Russia went out onto court on Saturday in Macau already having won their opening match the day before against the United States.
And the Russians continued their winning form against Italy on Saturday in the World Grand Prix Volleyball Tournament's Macau segment.
They took the first set 15-10 before Elena Godina's spike sealed the second set for the Russians 15-5.
In the third set, there was more of the same, Natalia Morozova and Elena Batoukhtina got the double block at the net as Russia went on to win 15-10, 15-5, 15-3.
China took on the US in the other matchup -- He Qi's spike was one of many as China went on to win easily 15-0, 15-7, 15-4.
Italy next faced the United States.
The American pair Valerie Sterk and Karrie Downey got the crucial block at the net to put their team 11-8 up in the fourth set -- the US went on to win it 15-12.
In the deciding fifth set, Italy's Elisabetta Gilioli's ace serve gave her team a 14-7 lead.
At match point, another ace by Chiara Navarinni gave Italy a 14-16, 15-6, 15-13, 12-15, 15-7 victory to take third place in Macau and leave the US winless.
In the championship match between Russia in green and China in blue, Russia took a two sets to one lead.
But China hung in with a spike by Lai Yawen for a 12-9 lead in the fourth set.
The Russians fought back and Evguenia Artamonova played a nice drop shot to take it to a 13-12 Russian lead.
At match point, Tatiana Gratchev and Evguenia Artamonova combined for the victorious spike to give Russia a 15-10, 10-15, 15-9, 15-13 win.
Russia finished unbeaten in their three Grand Prix matches in Macau, while China took second place.
Seoul was Saturday's other first round World Grand Prix Volleyball venue, where the home team in red took on with Japan in white.
Kim Nan-soon took a winning spike for South Korea to give the hosts a 15-5, 15-6, 15-11 victory, their second win in two days.
The Netherlands in white faced a tough match against Olympic champions Cuba -- Holland initially went down two sets to one.
But Francien Huurman took a winning spike to take the Netherlands to 15-15 in the fourth set, which the Dutch went on to win 17-15 to force a decider.
But Cuba piled on the pressure in the fifth set -- Enia Martinez and Ivis Fdez combined for the block at the net to make it 14-10 to Cuba.
At match point, Regla Bell hit the spike for a closely-fought Cuban victory, 15-13, 7-15, 15-11, 15-17, 15-12.
The next day saw South Korea and Cuba fighting for the championship.
The Koreans took an early surprise two sets to one lead, again taking control with Park Soo-Jeong's block of Cuba's Mirka Francia to put South Korea into a third set 6-2 lead.
Chang So-yun and Kang Hye-mi then teamed up for the block and score to take South Korea to an 8-7 lead.
At match point, Cuba's failure in communication resulted in the ball dropping to the floor undefended to give South Korea a 13-15, 15-12, 15-11 victory, and a clean sweep of their three matches,
The World Grand Prix Volleyball tour continues next week with three days of matches in Taipei and Hong Kong.
Later in August, Japan will play host to two weekends of action to determine the tournament's overall champion.