Shenzhou, China, July 4, 2014 – China
recovered from its opening set slip-up to claim a 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-14,
25-19) victory over Belgium, while Thailand outlasted Dominican Republic in a
five-setter (25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 25-22, 18-16) on the second leg of the China
Women’s International Tournament on Friday.
In the first encounter of the day, the host team, who finished first in the first leg in Ningbo with an unbeaten record, met strong challengers Belgium. The Belgians, led by top scorer Van Hecke, extended the gap to 21-14 in the first set. China managed to narrow the deficit but Van Hecke’s strong attacks closed the set in favour of Belgium.
Lang Ping made some key substitutions and replaced setter Wei Qiuyue and wing spiker Zhu Ting, changing the pace of the game completely. China jumped to an 8-2 lead in the first technical timeout and still a comfortable lead of 16-6 in the second technical timeout. China eventually stepped on the gas to rally to a 25-12 win in the second set. China continued with their fine form, while Belgium lost their confidence, committing errors that led to their big-margin defeats.
Hui Ruoqi was the offensive leader and scored 22 points for China. Zeng Chunlei contributed 18 points, including three aces and four blocks. Xu Yunli and Yuan Xinyue scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Van Hecke led Belgium with 15 points, while three team-mates scored nine points each.
In the other match, Thailand prevailed the five-set match against the Dominican Republic.
Onuma Sittirak and Nuekjang Thatdao led the winners with 28 and 18 points, respectively. Gina Mambru scored 25 points for the Dominican Republic, followed by Bethania De la Cruz’s 23 points and Candida Arias’ 12 points, where seven points came from blocks.
Earlier on Thursday, China opened the competition and held wide margins in blocks 13-4 and in service aces 7-2 against the Dominican Republic. China emerged as the winners with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-12) victory over the Dominicans, then Belgium defeated Thailand in another straight-set match (25-20, 25-20, 25-18).
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