22-year-old Liu Ya’nan is a blitz killer from the
Chinese women’s volleyball team. Her amazing speed and
smart choice of attack position made her one of the
most productive spikers in the world.
Liu was born in
Dalian, Liaoning province, and started to play
volleyball at 12. She showed a great talent of the
sport very quickly and was selected to the Liaoning
Youth team one year later when she grew to 178 cm.
Joining the national
side in 2001, Liu established herself into a starter
at the Grand Prix series in Hong Kong, China and
Harbin, China the same year. The two stops of
competitions were unforgettable for her as she won
prizes including the Most Popular Player, the Best
Spiker and the Best Blocker.
Liu also helped China
finish runners-up to Russia in the 2002 Grand Prix
Finals and win the Busan Asian Games women’s
Now standing at a
height of 186cm, Liu strongly supported Chinese ace
spiker Yang Hao and played an important role in
China’s blitz attack.
A frequenter to the
top areas of the spikers’ standings at various
competitions, Liu thought the team’s performance was
more important than her own statistics.
“I am a person
willing to contribute,” Liu said. “I preferred a
better result of the Chinese team than excellent
statistics for myself.”