By Wang Leon
Shangluo, China, September 18, 2021 – Jiangsu upset defending champions Tianjin 3-1 (25-15, 25-14, 25-27, 25-12) in the final showdown to capture the title in the China National Games U19 Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday night at Shangluo Sports Center.
The first set saw both sides exchange points till 9-9 before Jiangsu geared up to a 13-9 lead. Tianjin requested a timeout but they failed to decelerate their opponents instead of seeing them off to the first set win 25-15 following an ace.
Benefiting from their height advantage, Jiangsu started the second set with a scoring wave to set up an 11-3 lead and they soon closed the set by a wide gap 25-14.
With no way to retreat, Tianjin fought their utmost in the third set. Under the pressure opposed by Tianjin, Jiangsu committed several mistakes and were left behind 7-10. After the timeout, Jiangsu organised several chasing-ups relying on their blocks and counterattacks but still allowed Tianjin to reach the set point 24-22. Though saving two set points, they made another two fatal errors in service and reception successively to see Tianjin take back a closely-contested set 27-25.
Jiangsu played the fourth set with more concentration and they made best use of the opponent’s errors to establish a 15-9 lead in the mid-set. With their efficient blocks and counterattacks, Jiangsu allowed no more chance to Tianjin before they soon closed the set 25-12 and match.
In the bronze medal match, Fujian managed to resist the comeback of Shanghai in the second set for a convincing 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18) victory.
1st place: Jiangsu
2nd place: Tianjin
3rd place: Fujian
4th place: Shanghai
5th place: Shandong
6th place: Beijing
7th Place: Shanxi
8th place: Shaanxi
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