Volleyball News

Ningbo, China, June 10, 2016 – China annihilated Thailand in comfortable  straight sets 25-14, 25-14, 25-11 in just 70 minutes, with Zhu Ting scoring a game-high 18 points for the home team in the opening FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 match for both sides in Ningbo on Friday.

It was the 14th time China have beaten Thailand in the World Grand Prix, with Thailand only getting the better of China on two occasions in the history of the competition.

Thailand did start well though on Friday and won the first point through some strong blocking. They stayed with China in the early stages of the opening set and trailed 7-8 at the first technical timeout. But Zhu continued to find her range throughout the set and China pulled away to take it 25-14 after an ace from Ding Xia.

Thailand’s attacking weapon Ajcharaporn Kongyot was doing her best to keep them in the second set, but China and Zhu again proved too strong and took a 16-8 lead into the second technical timeout. A powerful spike from Zhu eventually iced the set, with China taking it 25-14.

Ajcharaporn and Zhu continued to trade blows, with Kongyot working her way to scoring 17 points for the match. But Zhu’s game-high 18 and China’s effectiveness around the court helped claim a comfortable 3-0 win, taking the third set 25-11.