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China sets target at World Grand Prix: to enter top three
 
Beijing, China, July 25, 2007 – The Chinese Women’s National Team is going to leave Beijing to Europe and begin their 2007 Grand Prix campaign.
The Chinese women volleyball team will first to go to Amsterdan of the Netherlands and play two friendly matches against the Dutch team and then will go to Rzeszow of Poland to play against Poland, Russia and USA from August 3-5 for the first week Grand Prix preliminary round.
Chinese women's volleyball head coach Chen Zhonghe said the 2007 Grand Prix is the fourth important international competiton the Chinese women team participate. And It is the highest level event as all the top six teams in the world are to take part in the event. Therefore it will be a very valuable experience for the Chinese young players, in which they may learn a lot from the other strong teams.
The Chinese head coach added that “We are going to try our utmost to put up an satisfactory performance and his target in the Grand Prix is to enter the top three”, adding that the Chinese team, though having many young players, has the ability to contend with the world strong teams. “We are good in defense and attacking.”
But Chen admitted the wekpoints of the Chinese team is not stable in the competitions and also have ups and downs against strongteams.
He also said the line-up of the Chinese team is almost the same as before and no big changes. The main players are wing spikers Yang Hao and Li Juan, middle blockers Xue Ming, Xu Yunli and Ma Yuewen, setter Wei Jiuyue, opposites Zhou Suhong and Liu Yanan.
However, Chen said that he decided to again postpone the comeback of fragile spiker Zhao Ruirui for fears of unexpected relapses. He ruled out the possibility of Zhao's return at the Asian Championships, set in September, saying the event is unlikely to help the player regain her match fitness. Chen said he hoped Zhao's recovery to her original form could be felt smoothly.

 

  
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