Shanghai, China, April 24, 2018 – Defending champion Shanghai Golden Age once again proved that they were the dominant force in 2017-2018 China Men’s Volleyball Super League on Tuesday night, beating Beijing Auto 27-25, 25-20, 28-26 at the sixth round of the finals, thus grabbing the first edition of China Super League title with a terrific 4-2 win in the best of seven matches.
Shanghai’s foreign player Pada topped the scoring charts with 22 points, while Conte and Dai Qingrao contributed 11 and 9 points respectively. Imported Tillo and Jiang Chuan scored 14 and 10 points respectively for Beijing squad.
The first set was tight from start to finish and a series of lead changes followed when the score was deadlocked for several times. Shanghai sealed the hard-fought set 27-25. The second set saw both teams tie their scores tightly at 9-9, 11-11, 14-14 and 17-17. Eventually, Shanghai opened up a wide lead to have six set points’ edge and they closed the set with a comfortable 25-20 win.
At the third set, Beijing outscored Shanghai in the rivals’ efforts of keeping trailing the score. It seemed Beijing finally found their rhythm, however, Shanghai were more powerful to turn the tide to catch the formidable rivals 23-23 and 25-25. Beijing failed to seize their set point and Shanghai took advantage of the Beijing’s unforced errors to win the third set 28-26 and the match 3-0.
In this best of seven matches, Shanghai got a flying start and won the first round of the finals. Beijing fought back to take the second battle. Then Shanghai showed their pose to win the next two matches in a row. Beijing did whatever they took to turn the tide and had a breath-taking win in the fifth round. At the six round, Shanghai refused to give their opponent a chance and killed off the match 4-2.
China Men’s National League was renamed as China men’s Super League in 2017. Technically, Shanghai emerged as the champions in the first edition of China Men’s Super League. Reviewing the previous China National League, Shanghai had won this tournament title thirteenth times since 1999. The team dominated from 1999 to 2000, and a long title-winning streak in 2003 to 2012. After missing the title in 2013 and 2014 to Beijing, they redeemed themselves in the 2015 to 2017 seasons.
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