Puerto Rico, China's strongest challengers to date
Shenzhen, China, May 24, 2013 – The China International Women’s Volleyball Tournament is nearing completion with China claiming a tough win against Puerto Rico in the penultimate day of the tournament.
China’s women’s national team faced their biggest challenge in tournament so far when playing Puerto Rico to win 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 15-11.
Following a close victory over Cuba on Wednesday, Puerto Rico maintained their extraordinary spirit and condition, taking the first set of their match against China 25-20. China warmed up gradually in the second set and held a small lead for a while but problems with their blocks and lack of efficient counterattacks stopped them from tying the set score.
Falling 0-2 behind, Lang Ping decisively adjusted the team’s defense tactics, which definitely changed the following three sets for China as they served and blocked more efficiently. Taking the final three sets 25-17, 25-17, 15-11, China claimed a tough win against Puerto Rico.
In the second match of the afternoon, Thailand overcame Cuba 3-2 (25-18, 27-25, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11) to take their first win in Shenzhen Stage. Cuba is the only team to have not won a match in the tournament.