TIANJIN, JIANGSU TO CONTEST DECIDER AFTER 1-1 IN CHINESE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FINALS

TIANJIN, JIANGSU TO CONTEST DECIDER AFTER 1-1 IN CHINESE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FINALS

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Bangkok, Thailand, December 18, 2020 – In-form Tianjin forced Jiangsu into a decider in the best-of-three finals of the Chinese Women’s Volleyball League in Jiangmen following the reigning champions’ magnificent comeback 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18) victory on Thursday, xinhuanet.com reported.

After levelling 1-1 in the first two matches contested in the finals, the two teams had no rest as the final match of the season will be played on Friday.

Against the 2019 Asian Women’s Club champions, Jiangsu won the first set with a small margin, but the injury of playmaker Diao Linyu cost them dear when the team collapsed in the following sets.

As the starting setter of Jiangsu, Diao saw no capable substitution after she left the court and head coach Cai Bin put starters Zhang Changning and Gong Xiangyu on the bench too.

Tianjin’s Zhu Ting got a game high 28 points, and her teammate Li Yingying added 24 points. Zhang Changning bagged 13 points for Jiangsu.

“We are now back to the starting line. Tomorrow will be tough, and I’ll call up my teammates to fight for another championship,” said Tianjin’s blocker Wang Yuanyuan.

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