Macau, China, June 17, 2016 – Zhang Changning’s brilliant spiking was the difference as China beat Belgium 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-22) in their Pool D match at the 2016 World Grand Prix.
Zeng won 16 points, including 14 spikes, as the Chinese dominated their European opponents. Lise Van Hecke top-scored for the Europeans, with 15 points.
China sped into the lead right from the start, with Zeng Chunlei and Hui Ruoqi combining well to rack up points and delight the Macau Forum. They took the first set 25-19.
Lise Van Hecke and Helene Rousseau stood out for Belgium, but with Zhang Changning finding her range, and Xu Yunli adding to the scoring, the superior Chinese attack won them the second set (25-17).
And it was again Zhang that stood out as the match was settled in the third. Belgium made too many errors, and despite the firepower of Van Hecke keeping them within touching distance, great all round play from the Chinese – inevitably finished off by the spikes of Zhang, saw the match out. China took the set (25-22) to top the table.