JIANGSU UPSET SHANGHAI, TIANJIN BEAT LIAONING IN CHINESE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

JIANGSU UPSET SHANGHAI, TIANJIN BEAT LIAONING IN CHINESE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

Photos courtesy of China Volleyball Association, Xinhua

Bangkok, Thailand, December 7, 2020 – Jiangsu captured a magnificent comeback 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 30-28, 25-20) win over Shanghai as Tianjin cruised past Liaoning for a third straight win in the third stage of the Chinese Women’s Volleyball League in Jiangmen on Sunday, xinhuanet.com reported.

Shanghai burst out on a 3-0 run and kept the upper hand, though Jiangsu fought back hard to tie the game three times. After a 14-point tie, Shanghai jumped to a four-point lead to widen the gap and take the first set.

After a brief adjustment, Jiangsu staged a strong performance in front of the net in the second set to get 20 points from spikes and five points from blocks, which left the runners-up last season no chances to challenge them.

The third set saw a reverse of fortunes. Shanghai had a slight advantage to take the lead from the beginning and got the set point first at 24-22. At the key moment, Zhang Changning and Gong Xiangyu saved the day for Jiangsu with their tight blocks. After saving five set points, Jiangsu took the closely-contested set 30-28.

In the fourth set, Jiangsu maintained their good momentum to outlast their opponents and sealed the victory which helped Jiangsu put an end to their nine-game losing streak record against Shanghai.

Chinese Olympic champions Zhang and Gong contributed 26 and 23 points respectively for Jiangsu while Shanghai’s Louisa Lippmann of Germany scored a match-high 29 points.

In another highly-anticipated match on Sunday, defending champions Tianjin routed Liaoning 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-16), with spiker Li Yingying scoring 25 points and Zhu Ting adding 19 while none of their opponents scored in double figures.

Also on Sunday, Henan breezed past Hebei 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-15), Fujian triumphed over Sichuan 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 14-25, 25-14), Shandong beat Beijing 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-13) and Guangdong overcame Zhejiang 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-19).

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