Jiangning, China, July 12th, 2009 – Looking like a completely different team, Team China had a third winning in its Pool A by defeating the Netherlands 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) in the FIVB World League match No. 78 before 3,390 spectators at the Gymnasium of Jiangning Sports center.
The victory is the second winning for Team China in its host country while their record outside the territory of China was 1-5.
Chen Ping, local player from Nanjing led all scores with 10 points including 3 serving ace in the final moment of the Set 3. Bian Hongmin added 5 blocks out of 6 attempts. Cui Jianjun scored 8 points out of 19 efforts while most of the points were at the decisive stage of the sets.
Van Dijk Kay led the Netherlands on 14 kills, three blocks and one ace. Horstink Robert scored 9 points.
Team China scored on seven aces as opposed to three for the Netherlands. The perfect defense system of China also added 10 points compared with 5 for the Netherlands.
Although the numerous errors made by China left great space for the Netherlands, China still succeeded to win the first set 25-21, using perfect defense and Cui Jianjun’s kills at the key points. China came out strong and led 8-6 at the 1st Technical Timeout (TTO), scoring 4 straight points behind the serving ace of Cui Jianjun. The Netherlands came back and the score was tied at 11-11 while China took the first timeout. The perfect defense helped China to come back and led the Netherlands 22-17. However, the kills pushed the Netherlands to 20-22 and forced China for the second TO, when the blocking helped China to take 3 straight points and win the set 25-21.
China again led 8-6 at the first TTO of the second set, while the Netherlands came back at 12-13 when China took the 1st TO. Shen Qiong, captain of Team China, answered a Nedtherlands timeout with two serves and helped China to spark a 6-1 run. The Netherlands could not come back and the China took the set in 25-20.
The Netherlands came back tenaciously in the third set and surpassed China with a 3-0 run, leading China 10-8 after the first TTO. Team Netherlands gripped the advantage and ended the second TTO 16-12 against China. The serving ace from Cui Jianjun inspired the entire team greatly and forced the Netherlands to call for the first timeout at 17-19. However, it didn’t change the final result and Chen Ping, best scorer of China continued to fire at the Netherlands in front of home-land spectators with 3 destructive aces and one kill at the game point. Bian Hongmian finished the match with the spike and the set ended 25-23.