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China’s Yuan Zhi shines with World League record despite loss against Cuba

China’s Yuan Zhi spiking Cuba in the semifinal of the World League Group 3 in Bursa, Turkey
 Bursa, Turkey, June 29, 2014- In the first semi final game of the 2014 FIVB World League Group 3 Finals, China and Cuba faced in a five-set thriller and Cuba won 3-2 eventually. But China’s 33 year-old spiker Yuan Zhi shined with a great performance.

Yuan, who is 1.95 meters tall and reach 3.48 meters on attack, scored 37 points for his team. And he achieved the best scoring performance in the 2014 FIVB World League so far. He made 31 spikes, 5 aces and a block point.

China’s star said that he displayed a good performance because of his teammates contribution: “I did not think how many points I can score before the match. We lost the game and we regret it. My performance relies on the whole team. We played high level volleyball and all of our players contributed. I will try to make a new record in the third place game but of course it will depend on the whole team.”

Before Yuan Zhi’s great effort on June 28, American Matthew Anderson was leading the scorers with 36 points.

Here are the top ten performances in this year’s World League till June 29:

37- Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
36 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Russia (June 27)
32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
28 – Park Chul-Woo of Korea v Netherlands (June 28)
28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)


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