Tianjin’s Bohai Bank wins Chinese Women's League title
Bohai trounced Evergrande 3-1 in the first away match, before rallying from behind twice to edge their rivals 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 12-25, 25-22, 15-12) at home in the second match.
This is the ninth championship Bohai has clinched in the past 11 years. They lost the title last year after Evergrande dethroned them in the finals.
Chinese national team veteran spiker Chen Liyi from Tianjin topped the winners with 25 points, while middle blockers Zhang Xiaoting and Wang Jiamin added 16 and 11 tallies, respectively.
Guangdong Evergrande, coached by Lang Ping, fell short of claiming the title they last won in 2012. But eye-catching performances, such as the powerful smashes and blocks of foreign players Carolina Costagrande from Italy and Kasia Skowronska from Poland, deeply impressed the volleyball fans. They combined to collect a total of 58 points. Carolina Costagrande, 2011 World Cup MVP, spiked 31 points while Kasia Skowronska, a two-time European champion and the Best Female Polish Player in 2011, followed with 27 points.
Wang Baoquan, Tianjin’s coach, expressed his satisfaction with the result.
“I am very happy to recapture the championship after overcoming many difficulties and we are going to continue our efforts to maintain our good form,” he said. “The two foreign players of Evergrande are really world VIP level players with very strong attacking abilities. We cannot find such excellent spikers in China. Our players should learn from them.”
Evergrande coach Lang Ping, who led China and the US to Olympic silver medals as well as coaching in the Italian and Turkish leagues, said: “Tianjin is a strong team. My team was not able to match them in some key abilities, especially in receiving, and we were not as strong as our opponents.”