Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 23, 2017 – China completed another straight-set victory with Saturday’s match against Australia (25-15, 25-6, 25-20) in Pool A of the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship – AVC Qualification Tournament in Baluan Sholak Sports Palace.
Yuan Xinyue was the best scorer with 14 points from nine attacks, one block and four service aces. Captain Zhu Ting (13 points), Gong Xiangyu (13 points) and Liu Xiaotong (12 points) likewise figured in double-digits for the Chinese side.
“Everything went well in this match with our good coordination. I am really happy and proud to be part of this team,’ said Yuan.
Australia started off with good effort on floor defence as they were able to handle their opponents’ aggressive serving. They were able to sustain rallies and execute some of their plays successfully. But what the Australian side needed to improve on was their counter-attack. They needed to develop more cohesive runs after working hard for each ball. Meanwhile, China put to good use their advantage in the frontline, connecting on attacks and stuff blocks from Liu and Yan Ni. The Chinese blockers scored off a total of eight blocks to help gain the first set at 25-15.
In the next set, China imposed more pressure from the service area. Yuan alone, scored off service aces that saw off their opponents’ reception. The Chinese side continued to dominate with their net defence, with Zhu contributing on block points, to finish off the second set at 25-6.
By the third set, Gong and Zhu continued to unleash unstoppable spikes for China. Australia put up a gallant effort and played to their strengths to connect with their plays of force errors onto their opponents. But China’s frontline reverted to their known strengths in attack and block to secure 25-20 in the final set.
China posted a total of 45 attacks, 14 blocks and seven service aces against Australia. The Rio 2016 Olympic champions remain unbeaten in the competition and are poised well to qualify for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan.
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