Shanghai, China, February 28, 2019 – In-form defending champions Shanghai Golden Age claimed a convincing 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-23) victory over the visitors Beijing Auto Wednesday and thus successfully defended the League title for five consecutive seasons after sweeping the latter with a 3-0 record at the best-of-five-match of China Men’s Super Volleyball League Finals. It is also the 15th China Volleyball League title in the team history of Shanghai.
Both sides came into a competition on serves from the beginning which saw them commit 7 serve errors before leveling at 14-14. Despite being blocked by Beijing 5 times, Shanghai ,however, showed more aggressive performance on attacking, featuring the powerful spikes by Italian aid Sabbi Giulio and Dai Qingyao. The host side secured the first set win 25-23.
The second set saw both sides stick to each other till 7-7 before a disputed ball appeared. Beijing over-reacted to the judgement and their mentality was severely affected. Shanghai seized the opportunity and took control of the set before a 25-17 conclusion.
Beijing attempted to strive in serve in the third set, but errors ruined themselves. Shanghai pulled the visitors away from middle of the set to establish a comfortable lead from 17-12 to championship point 24-21. Though Beijing fought hard to save 2 points, Zhang Zhejia helped Shanghai finish the set 25-23 and win the match 3-0 with a flash spike.
Despite the loss,Cuba aid Martinez Leonardo Leyva ended with a match-high 19 points for Beijing . Jiang Chuan also scored fantastic 15 points. On the winning side, Italian aid Sabbi Giulio contributed 13 points followed by the match MVP Dai Qingyao with 10.
It is for the fourth time in the past 4 years that Beijing and Shanghai set the final clash in the League. Shanghai again proved their superiority while Beijing had to come off second best.
In third-place contest, Jiangsu Nanjing Radio&TV New Media defeated the Shandong Sports Lottery home and away twice to finish the third place in the League.
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