Volleyball News

Zhangjiagang, China, June 3, 2016 – Eight teams will convene in Zhangjiagang City of Jiangsu Province for the AVC Eastern Zone Women’s Volleyball Championship, which will take place from July 19 to July 24, 2016.

The eight teams are drawn into two pools of four teams apiece. Pool A comprises China, South Korea, Macau China and People’s Republic of Mongolia, with Pool B consisting of Japan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The round-robin preliminaries will be played from July 19 to July 21. Top two of each pool will move on to the semi-finals while the third and fourth-placed teams will play the 5th-8th classification matches. The gold medal match will be contested at 7:00 p.m.(local time) on July 24.

As the local club of Jiangsu Province and as the runners-up of China Volleyball League 2015-2016, Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel will represent China to participate in the Championship. The team hacw been making remarkable achievements since their establishment in 1958. Former national team captain Sun Jinfang, as well as Zhang Jieyun, Sun Yue and Olympic gold medalist Zhao Ruirui are all from Jiangsu Team. Currently, Hui Ruoqi and Zhang Changning are preparing for the Rio Olympic Games in the China national squad. In China Volleyball League 2014-2015, Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel finished the third place and they beat Kazakhstan national team twice in Zhangjiagang right before the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in 2015.

Other participating federations also send their strongest possible teams to the tournament. Suwon City women’s volleyball team, champions of the 2015 Korea national championship, will compete in the Championship on behalf of South Korea. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea dispatches 4.25 club—the winner of 2015 national League—aiming to reach a brilliant result at the tournament.

The AVC Eastern Zone Women’s Volleyball Championship is a biennial competition of AVC Eastern Zone. In the last edition held in Hong Kong, China 2014, Japan were crowned the eventual champions and China finished runners-up. Zhangjiagang is China’s National Health City, National Eco City and National Civilized City. It was recognized as International Garden City by UNEP in 2005 and was awarded the UN Habitat Scroll of Honor in 2008. Besides, Zhangjiagang is a city fond of volleyball. Many volleyball events, like National volleyball Grand Prix and International Volleyball Challenge, have been held in Zhangjiagang.