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China see off Thailand at home

Li Juan receives as her side pick up their fifth win of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix
Hong Kong, China, August 20th 2010 – China ended the first day of the third weekend of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix with a 3-1 (16-25, 27-25 25-23, 25-15) win over Thailand in front of their home fans in Hong Kong.
With the win China move up to fourth place in the standings while Thailand sit in tenth with just one win.

An impressive start from Thailand put China under pressure in the first set. China regained rapidly and found their rhythm leading by a mere two points. Thailand fought bravely against their opponents and the battle continued point by point. The seesaw situation was broken by the Thailand team, before brilliant cooperation offered no chance for China to narrow the gap as the visitors picked up the first set.
In the second set, China tried to use more quick and back attacks to regain momentum. Yet, the unstable receiving and defence of China made it hard to take the lead. On the contrary, solid defence from Thailand along with excellent teamwork gave them the lead through the second set. The turning point came after the second technical timeout. Acknowledgement must be granted to the Chinese players Chen Liyi and Wang Yimei for their hammering spikes. China took the thrilling deuce and ended the second set by 27-25.

The third set remained tight at the start as China took a narrow lead. Several mistakes made by the Thailand team gave China the advantage at the first technical timeout. The Thailand team attempted to strengthen their spikes and defence but in vain. China began to take control of the set, gaining a 16-13 lead at the second technical timeout before taking the set.
In the final set, China demonstrated its forceful serves and bullet attacks and opened the set with an easy lead. By the first technical timeout, China were ahead 8-4. Although Thailand strived to fight back, their receiving and attack errors did not allow them to narrow the gap. In addition, they seemed to lose their pace in defence. China widened the gap to 16-10 by the second technical timeout and secured the lead until the end of the match.
The hosts will now take on Germany as Thailand face the USA as the competition continues on Saturday.


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