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China clinch gold medal at Women’s U23

China's Liu Yanhan scored 17 points to lead the Chinese attack in the gold medal match
Tijuana, Mexico, October 12, 2013 – China defeated Dominican Republic in consecutive sets (25-21, 25-20, 26-24) to clinch the gold medal of the inaugural FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship Open on Saturday night at Baja California High Performance Center.

Liu Yanhan and Zhang Xiaoya each recorder 17 points to lead the Chinese team followed by Zhang Zou with 9 points and Gu Xinwei and Wang Qi with 8 apiece.

Brayelin Martinez and Jeoselyna Rodriguez finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Dominican side. Candida Arias and Yonkaira Peña each contributed 7 tallies.

China held an overwhelming advantage of 11-4 in the blocking category with Yang and Zhang leading the charts with 4 and 3, respectively.

China led 8-6 with Liu Yanhan landing three big spikes to compensate several attacking errors by the Chinese side. The Dominicans stayed close at 13-11 behind the attacks of Yonkaira Peña and Brayelin Martinez. The spike of Yanhan combined with an opponent error gave China a 16-11 advantage. The Asian team increased the gap to a comfortable 18-12 with Zhang Xiaoya contributing spike and block. The Dominicans closed in to 23-21 but Gu Xinwe scored twice for the 25-21 score.
Zhang Xioya broke a 4-4 tied score with her spike and then Yanhan continued with spike and ace for an 8-4 Chinese advantage. The Dominicans closed to 14-13 behind the attack of Martinez and one ace by Camil Domnguez but Zhang answered from the other side with two big kills for a 16-13 score. China won the second set 25-20 despite some impressive spikes by the towering Martinez.

Yang Zhow blocked Martinez to break a 6-6 tie and Gu Xinwei continued with her spike for the 8-6 margin at the first stop. Jeoselyna Rodriguez landed two spikes to tie the score at 8-all. Yang blocked Martinez for 10-8. Then Rodriguez and Liu traded big hits. The Dominicans equalized at 11-11 with the fast attack by Candida Arias. Rodriguez gave the Dominicans their first advantage at 15-14 and Peña serve one ace for 16-14. Wang Qi scored twice to even the score. The fantastic duel continued to 20-20 with both teams firing big shots.  Wang scored and Zhang blocked Rodriguez for 22-20. Yao Di blocked Rodriguez for match-point at 24-21 but the Dominicans cae back to tie at 24-all. Liu attacked and Yang Zhou blocked Martinez to close at 26-24.


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