Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2011 – China
celebrated their second victory of 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in
Hong Kong, by claiming a 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21) win over Kazakhstan in
front of their home fans crowning to take top spot in Pool I.
Kazakhstan are remain without a win as China
picked up their fifth of the tournament so far
2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand
The set began with two errors from Kazakhstan
while terrific spikes from China forced Kazakhstan to call for a timeout at
5-2. Kazakhstan tried hard to battle back but it was in vain at the first TTO.
Taking advantage of the opponent’s repeated errors under the cheering of the
spectators, China went further ahead at the second TTO and although Kazakhstan
strived to regain their pace, they failed to come back and eventually went down
in the set.
China started the second set with several
spectacular spikes to take the lead. Kazakhstan refused to give in by
demonstrating stronger attacks and intelligent tactical play and they
eventually took the lead at 8-6. Having no improvements after the timeout,
China called for a break, hoping to regain their momentum. But Kazakhstan
increased their attacks and strengthened their form, and eventually widened the
gap between the teams to seal the set and bring the scores even.
Frequent errors were made by both teams in the
third set as neither managed to gain a foothold in the set. With forceful
strikes from Hui Ruoqi and Xu Yunli China scored crucial points, allowing them
to take the advantage at the first and second TTO. Both teams struggled to
maintain their rhythm but China stumbled to the win, taking a 2-1 lead.
China forced Kazakhstan to call for two timeouts in
the first half of the set through several bullet serves from Wang Yimei and
assertive spikes from Yang Junjiang. Under the pressure of the spirited
Chinese, Kazakhstan had a trouble finding their rhythm and form. With the an
improved defensive effort and aggressive spikes Kazakhstan narrowed the set to
a two-point deficit at 18-20. But China sustained their position to wrap up the
set at 25-21.
China will now take on Poland tomorrow, playing a
decisive match which determines the gold medal winner at this leg. Kazakhstan
will take on Dominican Republic.