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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

China beat Netherlands 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19) - duration 1:42
16-Jul, start time: 15:05, end time: 16:47 - Attendance: 8'150
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
China record first win of finals
Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 -- China recorded their first win of the World Grand Prix Final Round by beating the Netherlands 3-1 on Saturday.
After losing their first two games, China won 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, and condemned the Dutch to a third straight defeat.
The Athens Olympics champions were led by their most impressive players here, Chu Jinling and Zhang Ping, who both scored 15 points.
The Dutch dominated the first set, as China failed to find any attacking momentum.
A towering winner on the left by Manon Flier moved the Netherlands to set point at 24-18, and, although China flickered briefly, saving three set points, there was no stopping captain Ingrid Visser down the middle.
Visser contributed five winners to the Netherlands' 25-21 first-set success.
Some fast and accurate serving from Chu Jinling enabled China to recover from a sluggish start to the second set, and the Olympic champions led 8-6 and 16-12 at the technical breaks.
To unsettle the tall Dutch blocking line, China varied their attacks and found success with a series of drop-shots into the space behind them.
This seemed to put the Dutch off balance, and China levelled the match 1-1 by winning the second set 25-22 on their third set point.
China were showing signs of a belated return to form, as Zhang Ping, Zhou Suhong and Liu Yanan all picked off the Dutch defence thanks to the artistic setting of captain Feng Kun.
The Netherlands' heavy artillery, led by 19-point Chaine Staelens, continued to keep the points ticking over, but China now had the momentum and took the third set 25-20.
China's back-court defence improved significantly, and it was ominous for the Netherlands when power spiker Yang Hao sparked into life on the left.
On their second match point, Feng set up Zhang Ping down the middle to close out the match 25-19.