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Cao Shuting and Dong Jie show resilience in Qinzhou opener

Cao Shuting attempts to block Hang Ting in their qualification round encounter at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Qinzhou 3-star
Qinzhou, China, October 30, 2019 – A comeback in the tight second set gave young Chinese pair Cao Shuting and Dong Jie 2-0 (21-19, 23-21) victory over their compatriots Wang Jing and Hang Ting in the women’s qualification tournament of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Qinzhou 3-star on Wednesday.

After eluding first set play with a three-point win against their compatriots, Cao and Dong showed a lot of resilience down the final stretch of the second set to turn things around as they trailed behind their rivals. Cao and Dong made some adjustments and managed to tie the score, extend the set and eventually conquer victory.

“It was a difficult match, but today we received their service nicely and my partner had a tall block,” Dong said. “There are very strong teams in this competition, also strong Chinese teams. For sure we will be able to learn many things here, but we also have to focus more on our own game.”

“We are a young team and in China there are so many other good, young teams,” Cao said. “Playing in this competition will teach us to learn from the teams of other countries, but also learn from our compatriots. We like Xue Chen because she is a fantastic athlete, she’s great and a very good role model to the young players.”

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Meanwhile, Spain’s Daniela Alvarez and Tania Moreno, Ukraine’s Diana Lunina and Svetlana Baburina and Israel’s Sofia Starikov and Anika Dave recorded straight-set wins.

Spanish pair Alvarez and Moreno claimed an easy victory against Vanuatu’s Loti Joe and Maybel Ravo, then Lunina and Baburina defeated Thailand’s Chanthira Khanok and Yodsaphat Pakham 2-0 (21-17, 21-12), while Starikov and Dave beat Iceland’s Elisabet Einarsdottir and Berglind Gigja Jonsdottir 2-0 (21-15, 21-18).

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