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 CHN / China - Team Composition
 
 
Team manager Mr. Xu Li
Head coach Mr. Chen Zhonghe
Assistant coach Mr. Yu Juemin
Doctor Mr. Wei Yongji
Therapist / trainer Mr. Zhang Wenyi
Journalist Mr. Su Chang
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Yimei Wang Wang Y.M. 11.01.1988 190 87 318 305 Liaoning
2   Kun Feng Feng K. 28.12.1978 183 75 319 310 Beijing,
3 Hao Yang Yang H. 21.03.1980 182 78 319 314 Liaoning
4   Yanan Liu Liu Y.N. 29.09.1980 186 73 320 313 Liaoning
5 Jinling Chu J.L.Chu 29.07.1984 190 72 310 302 Liaoning, CHN
6   Keke Wang K.K. Wang 26.12.1984 188 78 315 308 Sichuan
7 Suhong Zhou Zhou S.H. 23.04.1979 182 73 310 300 Zhejiang,CHN
10   Ming Xue Xue M. 23.02.1987 193 72 324 315 Beijing
11 Yun Zhao Y. Zhao 15.09.1981 178 60 310 305 Jiangsu
13   Ting Wang T. Wang 09.11.1984 187 68 315 305 Guangdong Evergrande
15 Yunwen Ma Ma Y.W. 19.10.1986 190 76 315 307 Shanghai
16   Na Zhang Zhang N. 19.04.1980 180 72 302 292 Tianjin
18 Ping Zhang P. Zhang 23.03.1982 187 73 312 301 Tianjin
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
China is the team to fear in the world of women’s Volleyball at the moment. Not only is the Asian superpower ranked as the best on the FIVB world ranking list, these tremendously talented ladies are also Olympic and Asian champions and World Cup title holders.

It's obvious that the Chinese national women’s Volleyball team comes into the 2005 World Grand Prix full of confidence having won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

With a legendary and glorious history, which includes consecutive world championship titles in the 1980s, China, one of only four teams (the others being Cuba, Russia and Japan) to have participated in every World Grand Prix tournament, will be looking to build on their 2003 success and fifth-place finish of last year.

A new and youthful squad was named in March with an eye on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Eighteen players, whose average age is 21.6 and average height is 185.8cm, are from nine different provinces and the army club. This team will develop the traditional advantages of Chinese women’s Volleyball, upholding the spirit of solidarity and assiduity, perfectly combining the old and the young with an aim at achieving more champions.

Players like team captain Feng Kun and the 197cm Zhao Ruirui, who missed most of the Olympic Games due to injury, are becoming more and more experienced and increasingly dominant on the international scene. Their combination in the World Cup and Grand Prix successes in 2003 was exhilarating and laid the foundation for China's superb results.

Under coach Chen Zhonghe, China is currently trying to build a team with distinguished characteristics on the basis of overall abilities for offence and defense and judging by current results he’s doing an excellent job.


Overall Standings for China
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
12 139 85 54 61.15
Chen Zhonghe, 47, has been in charge of the Chinese national women’s Volleyball team since 2001, the same year as the side won the World Grand Champion title, but his involvement with the team goes well beyond the last four years.

In 1979 he joined the team as a trainer before moving into the assistant coach’s position in 1989, a role he maintained until moving into the role he holds today. A coach with strong principles and high values Zhonghe’s experience in the coaching arena is proving invaluable as he works with a young Chinese team that is focused on the Olympic Games. He has already worked wonders with the team.

After a fourth-place finish at the 2002 World Championship in Germany, he has led China through two magnificent seasons starting in 2003 where they won the World Grand Prix title and the World Cup before claiming the 2004 Olympic Games gold medal in Athens and the number one world ranking.  

“In serving, attacking and defending, our team stands shoulder to shoulder with European teams,” he said. But he cautions against too much optimism by quoting a Chinese proverb: “It’s easy to climb to the top, but not easy to stay there.”