Hong Kong, China August 21, 2011 – China finished
their weekend on a high in Pool I of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
preliminary round after a storming three-set (25-20, 25-17, 25-22) over Poland
on Sunday in Honk Kong.
Both teams came out strong in the opening set with Poland winning a
slight margin at the first TTO by utilizing clever spikes and solid blocks.
Poland reinforced their attacks further and pushed China into top gear. Three
consecutive spikes from Ma Yunwen helped China to come back at 16-15 at the
second TTO. The Polish girls could not hold back the versatility of China’s
attacks as the hosts sealed the set 25-20.
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The second set started off very tight, and there was no significant
difference in the scores. The impenetrable wall of defense from Poland blocked
all the attacks from China. Poland secured a small lead at the first TTO and
the match remained high quality with spectacular rallies and superb digging
from both sides. China restored their confidence after calling for a timeout,
resulting in a four-point lead at the second TTO. The bombing attacks from
China forced Poland to call for two timeouts in less than five minutes but they
failed to handle the home team and lost the set.
The confident China continued to perform with supreme organization and
consistent attacks but Poland were always on their tail. China’s Ma Yunwen
gained three points from a number of quick spikes, and Wang Yi Mei struck a
destructive diagonal spike to lead the team to the first TTO. Yet Poland did not
make it easy for China nor lose concentration and surprised them with superb
attacks, causing China to call timeout twice at 10-8, 13-10. With Poland’s
smart play and placements, Poland turned the table at 15-16 at the second TTO.
Yet they could not withstand the powerhouse of China’s lines of attackers and
failed to stop them from hitting home at 25-22.
With the loss Poland were denied a spot in the finals while China now
move onto Macau as hosts.