JIANGSU CLAIM OPENIGN WIN IN CHINESE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FINALS

JIANGSU CLAIM OPENIGN WIN IN CHINESE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FINALS

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Bangkok, Thailand, December 16, 2020 – Jiangsu stunned defending champions Tianjin 3-1 (25-18, 30-28, 23-25, 25-19) in the first leg of the finals in the Chinese Women’s Volleyball League in Jiangmen on Wednesday, xinhuanet.com reported.

Tianjin built a 6-2 lead at the start before Jiangsu strengthened their blocks and scored eight in a row to overtake the lead 15-11 before taking the first set 25-18.

Jiangsu kept momentum in the following set while Tianjin found it hard to narrow the gap. Jiangsu clinched the hard-fought second set 30-28.

Tianjin, reigning Asian Women’s Club Championship champions, hit back to claim the tough third set 25-23, but could not maintain their form to go down 19-25 in the fourth set which eventually cost them the match.

Chinese Olympic champion Zhu Ting contributed 25 points for Tianjin while her national teammate Zhang Changning scored 21 points for Jiangsu.

Earlier on Wednesday, Shanghai brushed aside Guangdong 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 26-24) to win third place.

Louisa Lippmann provided a game-high 23 points for Shanghai, while Li Yao and Dobriana Rabadzhieva scored an identical 18 for Guangdong.

Although Shanghai lost in the semifinal to Jiangsu, they won two matches in a row to the third place and reached the podium of the Women’s Volleyball League for four consecutive seasons.

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