Beijing, China, April 28, 2015– Chinese Girls’U18 volleyball team will assemble at Zhangzhou City of Fujian Province on May 22 for an intensive training in preparation for the China-Russia Goodwill Games in July and FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship 2015 in August.
The head coach, Mang Shen, who steered his squads to the runners-up of the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship 2011, the third place of Asian Girls’ U17 Volleyball Championship 2014, and the bronze medal of National Games of China in 2013, is expected to create further records in 2015.
According to the China Volleyball Association, the new Chinese Girl’s U18 volleyball team consist of 19 players from eight clubs. They are Li Yingying and Li Yanan from Tianjin, Xu Jianan and Liu Xin from Liaoning, Jiang Jing and Zhang Yuqian from Shanghai, Zang Qianqian, Wu Han and Xie Xing from Jiangsu, Fang Jing from Zhejiang, Qian Jinwen, Cai Yaqian, Yang Hanyu and Liu Jiayuan from Shandong, Zhai Siqi, Han Wenya and Zhang Zihan from Henan,Gao Yi and Ouyang Qianqian from the Army.
“There are 11 players who participated in the Asian Girls’ U17 Volleyball Championship 2014. And there are also some new faces based on their performances in national youth tournaments. So the team are the right mix of the youth and experience.” said coach Shen.
Li Yingying is one of the prominent players as well as the top scorer in this young squad. The 15-year-old left-hander ace spiker, who is 192 cm tall and boasts excellent abilities in leaping and body coordination, has been picked up as the Best middle blocker in the 10th Asian Girls’ U17 Volleyball Championship 2014. “Her technical ability is unexpectedly all-round, and the feature of left-hander makes her distinguished from other players”, Shen said.
“The Chinese Girls’ U18 team are the back-up talent base for the main force of Adult National team. One of our key purposes of this training camp is to achieve the highest level of performance in the upcoming FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship.” a confident Shen said, “We shall take the fullest advantage of the height and speed.”
China captured the fourth gold medal at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship 2013 with a straight sets win over the USA 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in the final match at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. In history, China have captured another three FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship gold medals in 2001, 2003 and 2007 respectively.