Sapporo, Japan, August 30, 2013 – Jenny Lang Ping led China sweep three-time defending champions the United States 3-0 here on Friday for their 12th straight win in the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix while London Olympic champions Brazil also remained unbeaten in the WGP Finals in Sappro after beating former world champions Italy in straight sets.
Teenager hitter Zhu Ting notched 23 points from 20 kills and three blocks to lift China over the USA team 25-20, 25-23 and 25-17 in their 260th match in the World Grand Prix. With the well-earned victory, China equalled their longest World Grand Prix winning streak of 12 matches, set in 2007-2008, and snapped a five-match losing streak to the American women in the World Grand Prix since 2007.
Brazil also collected their third win in a row at the World Grand Prix Finals by sending the Italians to their third loss in as many days 25-16, 26-14 and 25-11. Later on Friday, Serbia beat the Japan 3-0 to improve to a 2-1 win-loss record while the host slipped to 1-2.
After three days of contentions, Brazil now led the standings with nine points from three straight-set wins, followed by China on eight points. Brazil will take on Serbia on Saturday while China, USA face Japan and Italy respectively.
China ends USA's three-year run as World Grand Prix champions
USA’s three-year run as champions of the FIVB World Grand Prix ended in Sapporo on Friday as they suffered their third straight loss, beaten 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17) by China at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center. It was China’s third straight win in the Finals. China were led by Zhu Ting with 23 points, while USA’s top scorer was Kelly Murphy with 11. USA had the edge in blocking points (8-7) and service points (4-3) but committed 18 errors to China’s 13. More
I'm happy and proud of my team: China captain
China captain Hui Ruoqi said she was proud of her team at the post-match press conference. “The American players jump very high and have a very good block and yesterday we didn’t play so well at the beginning of the match,” she said. “Today, we had a good start but after the first set we didn’t play so well. But we tried our best and finally were able to win the game, so I’m very happy and proud of my team.”
China coach Lang Ping was satisfied with her team’s improvement on the finish of sets. “In the second set today, I emphasized to the players that they must concentrate on defense. Yesterday, we wasted a lot of set points,” said Lang Ping. More
Brazil overcome Italy 3-0 to top standings in World Grand Prix Finals
Brazil beat Italy 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-11) in the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center on Friday. It was Brazil’s third straight 3-0 win and put them on top of the standings, one point ahead of China while Italy fell to 0-3. Brazil were led by Thaisa Menezes with 16 points, including five service points. Italy’s top scorer was Valentina Diouf with 13 points. Brazil picked up 14 blocking points to Italy’s four and an impressive 13 service points to Italy’s three. Italy made 15 errors and Brazil nine. More
We hoped facing Brazil wouldn't be so difficult: Italy coach
Italy coach Marco Mencarelli admitted the match against Brazil was even more difficult than he had expected. “We knew that facing Brazil would be our most difficult match but we hoped it wouldn’t be so difficult,” he said. “In the first and second sets we grew but in the third set we didn’t have any response for them.” Italy captain Martina Guiggi said her team should learn from the loss. “Today was a very difficult game for us. Brazil started very focused. We know we have to grow more to arrive at this level. We tried our best in the second set but after that we didn’t have the balance to finish the game with the same mentality,” she said. “So I think we have to learn from this loss but not think too much about it.” More
Serbia cruise to three-set win over Japan
Serbia beat Japan 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-19) on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center on Friday. Serbia improved to 2-1 for six points and moved up to third in the standings. Japan fell to 1-2 and dropped to fourth. Serbia have now won their last four matches against Japan. Serbia were led by Milena Rasic with 16 points and Brankica Mihajlovic with 15. Japan’s top scorer was Risa Shinnabe with 11 points. Serbia had the advantage in blocking points, 9-6, while both teams had one service point. Japan made 21 errors to Serbia’s 15.
I love playing Japan in Japan: Terzic
Serbia coach Zoran Terzic said he loved playing Japan in Japan. “First, I want to congratulate my team because we played really well tonight. I really like to play in Japan, especially against Japan because every time it’s an amazing atmosphere and we always play a very good game,” he said. “Tonight, it was a little bit easier than we expected. Japan started to make mistakes at the end of the first set and maybe made our job a little easier. But we played really well and we respected our opponents throughout the game.” More
LIVE SCOREBOX | FINALS
Top Scoring Performances
26 – Valentina Diouf of Italy v China (August 29)
23 – Zhu Ting of China v USA (August 30)
23 – Jovana Brakocevic of Serbia v China (August 28)
23 – Kelly Murphy of USA v Serbia (August 29)
Top Blocking Performances
7 – Xu Yunli of China v Serbia (August 28)
6 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Italy (August 30)
6 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Japan (August 29)
5 – Iwasaka Nana of Japan v Italy (August 28)
5 – Maja Ognjenovic of Serbia v USA (August 29)
Top Blocking Performances by team
15 – Brazil v Japan (August 29)
15 – China v Serbia (August 28)
14 – Brazil v Italy (August 30)
13 – Brazil v USA (August 28)
Top Serving Performance
5 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Italy (August 30)
3 – Jovana Brakocevic of Serbia v USA (August 29)
3 – Yang Junjing of China v Italy (August 29)
3 – Valentina Diouf of Italy v China (August 29)
3 – Miyashita Haruka of Japan v Brazil (August 29)
3 – Xu Yunli of China v Serbia (August 28)
3 – Kimura Saori of Japan v Italy (August 28)
Top Serving Performances by team
13 – Brazil v Italy (August 30)
8 – China v Italy (August 29)
8 – Japan v Italy (August 28)
7 – Serbia v USA (August 29)
7 – Japan v Brazil (August 29)
Highest Scorer by week
Week 1: Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata of Poland, 41 v Russia (August 4)
Week 2: Yukiko Ebata of Japan, 28 v Kazakhstan (August 10)
Week 3: Nataliya Goncharova of Russia, 31 v Thailand (August 18)
Finals: Valentina Diouf of Italy, 26 v China (August 29)
Highest Set Score
Week 1: Poland v Russia, 30-28 (August 4)
Japan v Turkey, 30-28 (August 4)
Week 2: Argentina v Turkey, 36-34 (August 9)
Week 3: Japan v Bulgaria, 29-31 (August 16)
Week 3: Italy v Dominican Republic, 30-32 (August 17)
Finals: Italy v China, 30-28 (August 29)
Italy v China, 28-26 (August 29)
Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Russia v Poland, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 29-27, 28-30, 15-13) – 235 points
Week 2: Bulgaria v Dominican Republic, 2-3 (22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 30-28, 14-16) - 226 points
Week 3: Italy v Dominican Republic, 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 30-32, 24-26, 11-15) - 228 points
Finals: Italy v China 2-3 (30-28, 22-25, 28-26, 13-25, 10-15) – 222 points
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