Hong Kong, July 22, 2017 – With Irina Voronkova spearheading Russia’s offence, her team put a stop to a four-match losing streak at the world level against China. In an FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2017 Group 1 encounter, held in Hong Kong, the Russians managed a 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 28-26) victory over the hosts of this year’s finals.
Voronkova was the most prolific spiker of the match, piling up 19 points in attack for a total of 20 in the match. Her teammate Kseniia Parubets was the best scorer of the game with 22 points, including four kill blocks. China’s Xiaotong Liu played only in the first three sets, but still led her team’s scorers with 15 points.
Konstantin Ushakov, coach of Russia: “We doubled the effort when preparing for today’s match against China. We are happy to take the victory as China are one of the strongest teams in the world.”
Irina Zaryazhko, captain of Russia: “We are very satisfied with the result today. It was an interesting game and we stayed organized during the match.”
Jiajie An, coach of China: “Today we tried a new set of a starting line-up. I am pleased with their performance as it is normal for them to have errors. It is a good experience for them to adjust their rhythm and improve through competitions. Our blocking did not exert enough pressure on our opponents. I still want to congratulate Russia on the win.”
Ting Zhu, captain of China: “We were not very organized today. We failed to keep up with the momentum. My performance was not so stable.”
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