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China continue unbeaten run with win over Poland


Zeng Chunlei's serving helped give China more to shout about as they beat Poland

Wuhan, China, August 17, 2013 – China maintained their undefeated 2013 FIVB Grand Prix record when they beat Poland 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 16-25 and 25-23).

The first set opened with Poland putting in strong blocks against fierce spikes from China’s attack. Poland took the pace out of the match by asking for the first timeout when China led 5-2, but by the first technical timeout China were five points ahead. Zeng Chunlei’s serving and Yin Na’s spiking allowed China to open up a seven point lead at 10-3 and with Liu Congcong’s strong play at the net, they pushed on to lead 14-9. 

The second technical timeout came when Poland failed to block as China took a 16-11 lead. With Hui Ruoqi continuing to lead a strong attack, Poland asked for the second timeout, but it wasn’t enough to stop China from winning the first set 25-18.

Agnieszka Kakolewska’s strong attack opened the second set, though China led by three points at 8-5 at the first technical timeout. Poland strengthened their blocking after the first technical timeout, but when the second technical timeout came China led by five points at 16-11. Ewelina Sieezka’s strong spiking helped Poland to bring the score back to 19-17. China then asked for their first timeout and after returning to the court Zhu Ting’s strong spike gave set point at 24-20 and while Poland saved one, China closed out the second set 25-21.

In the beginning of the third set, China were four points behind at 6-2 after Poland changed tactics. The east Europeans continued to dominated and closed out the set 25-16 to close the score to 2-1. 

The third set opened with the teams going point for point, but by the time of the first technical timeout China led 8-6. They were still ahead at the second with a 16-13 lead and while Poland fought back to close the gap, China won the match with a 25-23 win that ensured no fifth set would be needed. 

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