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Bangkok, Thailand, November 16, 2020 – Shanghai rallied to beat Liaoning in a hard-fought, five-set thriller in Jiangmen on Sunday to remain the only unbeaten team in the Chinese Women’s Volleyball League, xinhuanet.com reported.
Louisa Lippmann of Germany had 26 kills, two blocks and an ace for a game-high 29 points to help Shanghai come from two sets down to beat Liaoning 16-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-8 for their third victory in as many matches. Jordan Larson of the United States and Yang Jie added 23 and 15 points for Shanghai respectively.
Shi Bingtong led Liaoning with 25 points with Duan Fang, Hu Mingyuan, Yan Ni and Sun Xiaoxuan adding 16, 14, 13 and 12 points.
Defending champions Tianjin swept Zhejiang 25-13, 25-18 and 25-21 to snap their second win in the League. Li Yingying scored 16 points for Tianjin with Yu Yunwei and Zhu Ting adding 12 and six points respectively.
With their top scorer Li Jing rested, Zhejiang was led by Wang Mengyue’s 15 points.
Later, Guangdong sent Jiangsu to their first defeat in four matches 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17, 15-13).
In the thrilling tie-breaker, Guangdong raced to a 10-5 advantage on back of a 5-0 run during which Dobriana Rabadzhieva of Bulgaria scored three points in a row.
Jiangsu answered with a 7-0 burst to overtake the lead at 12-10, only to find Guangdong wrap up the match by running off five of the last six points.
Rabadzhieva finished with 28 points to lead four Guangdong spikers in double scoring digits while Chinese Olympic champions Zhang Changning and Gong Xiangyu contributed 23 and 20 points respectively for Jiangsu.
Also on Sunday, Sichuan defeated Hebei 3-1 (25-23, 25-27, 25-16, 26-24), Beijing outlasted Fujian 3-2 (25-14, 19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-11) and Shandong eased past Yunnan 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-15).
A total of 13 teams were competing in a round-robin format in the first two stages with the top eight finishers entering the third stage to fight for medals.
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