Jiangning, China, July 4th, 2009 –After 5 difficult and intense sets, the Chinese National Team won their first home match against the strong opponent, USA Team in front of more than 5000 spectators in Jiangning Sport Center Gym.
The China team showed their good condition and no-fear-spirit in front of strong opponent and the five sets scores are 25-19, 27-29, 18-25, 26-24, 15-12.
In the first set, the USA team seemed not used to China’s tactics. Although they held an 8-7 lead at the first TTO, the Chinese team suddenly pushed back and had a 5-1 turnover which made the USA team call its first TO. The Chinese team continued its massive attack and won the first set in 25-19.
In the second set, the USA team adjusted their tactics and presented us a quite tight set. The Chinese team tried their hard to catch up the score but still pitifully lost the set in 27-29 due to several mistakes at the last moment, which reflected their unstable attitude at the key point.
In the third set, the China team seemed influenced by the second set and lost in 18-25.
The forth set was quite essential. China team scored at several key moments and won the set in 26-24.
In the last set, the China team kept their emotions and advantage in serve and receive. Although the USA team tried to get back but finally the Chinese team got the victory with a 15-12 win in the 5th set.
Cui Jianjun played the best in attack and got 33 spikes. Bian Hongming played quite well in defense and got 18 blocks. The best player of USA team is Stanley Clayton, who got 37 spikes.
The two teams will have another match on Sunday night, July, 5, 2009.