SHANDONG STORM INTO SEMI-FINALS OF CHINESE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

SHANDONG STORM INTO SEMI-FINALS OF CHINESE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

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Bangkok, Thailand, August 29, 2020 – Shandong defeated Zhejiang (25-14, 25-18, 25-21) in the final match-day of Pool F in Qinhuangdao on Friday, rounding out the final four of the Chinese Men’s Volleyball League, a news release on xinhuanet.com said.

This year’s league sees eight teams divided into two groups to play in a round-robin format, with the top two finishers from each pool moving on to the semi-finals.

Zhejiang had already booked a berth in the last four before Friday’s game, sitting atop Pool F, two points ahead of second-placed Shandong, while Beijing and Fujian sat third and fourth respectively.

Shandong’s opposite Zhai Dejun claimed a game-high 12 points while Li Yongzhen led Zhejiang with 10 points.

The victory sent Shandong atop Pool F, with Zhejiang slipping to second place.

Shandong’s comprehensive win forced last season’s runners-up Beijing out of the race for the title despite a 3-0 victory over Fujian.

Beijing’s spiker Zhang Binglong contributed 16 points with Liu Libin and Jiang Chuan adding 14 and 12 respectively.

In the semi-finals, Shandong will take on defending champions Shanghai, while Zhejiang face Jiangsu.

Elsewhere in Pool G and H, Hubei beat Tianjin 3-1 while Hebei dominated Guangdong 3-1

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