Kunshan, China, July 8, 2017 – China claimed their second victory at their home FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2017 tournament in Kunshan. With powerful Jingwen Qian as the team’s main engine, the Chinese persevered through a tough five-setter to hand Russia a 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 16-25, 27-25, 16-14) defeat, twice coming back from a set behind. The Russians are still winless in the tournament, while for China this was the 12th win against this strong opponent in the 30 World Grand Prix games they have played so far.
Qian contributed 15 points to her squad’s success, while Russia’s Kseniia Parubets aced four times towards a total of 20 points, which made her the best scorer of the match.
An Jiajie, coach of China: “This was a hard match. Our new players made some mistakes in the first two sets. I believe in my team members. Zhu Ting did a great job cheering her teammates up. We will make some adjustments and keep learning.”
Zhu Ting, captain of China: “In the end we won this game. We had our advantages and we made some mistakes during the match. It is very hard for the young players to face such a difficult situation, but they will learn a lot from this match. It is a real treasure for them.”
Vladimir Kuziutkin, coach of Russia: “After the Olympics, every team is trying to find new players. I have plenty of new players on my team. I think they did a great job. It was not enough for us to win the match, but I am quite satisfied with them. Congratulations to China for winning! It was an excellent match and my team was part of it.”
Irina Zaryazhko, captain of Russia: “It was a beautiful, amazing and exciting match. We tried to do things better than yesterday and we did, but we failed to win the game. I am still proud of my teammates.”
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