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China lead after day two of China International Men’s Tournament

China coach Xie Guochen instructing his players during their match against Henen club
Luohe, China, May 23, 2013 – On day two of the China International Men’s Volleyball Tournament spectators were treated to two very different matches. China managed an easy straight win against Henan, while Kazakhstan had a harder time defeating India in a five set match lasting 120 minutes. 

Xie Guocheng, former coach of the Henan Tianguan team, led the national team to an easy victory of his former club team (25-15, 25-20, 25-19).

“My players showed good spirit, and played smoother than yesterday. According to my experience, it is not so easy for the national team to play a local club team but we were well-prepared. However, we still have to improve our setting and transiting between attack and defense,” said Xie after the match.

Liang Jie, head coach of Henan said, “There is a big gap between the national team and us and we have a lot to learn from the national team.”

“India is not a very strong but a special team in Asia, having beaten Japan before. They have a tall blocker, who is not so easy to handle. So we have to prepare accordingly,” said Xie in anticipation of China’s upcoming match with the Indian side.

In the second match of the afternoon, Kazakhstan had a good start and finished the first set with a score of 25-12. But from the second set, they made more errors and lost two successive sets (23-25,  24-26). India kept their momentum until the fourth set and led 16-12 at the second technical timeout. No. 16 Verigin Oleg was instrumental in helping Kazakhstan score 8 points consecutively on account of his effective serves. India tried but failed to stop Kazakhstan and lost the fourth set 20-25 and then the final 7-15.


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