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Hosts claim title at China International Women's Volleyball Tournament

China celebrate their victory
Ningbo, China, June 29, 2014 - Hosts China defeated Asian champions Thailand on Sunday afternoon to win the China International Women's Volleyball Tournament with an unbeaten record.

Zhu Ting scored a game-high 24 points as the Chinese won in straight sets 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-11). Zeng Chunlei scored 15 points for China and Yang Junjing added 10.

"We know that Thailand were playing without some key players, but we were just trying to do our best," said China head coach Jenny Lang Ping. "I told my players to serve aggressively and pay more attention to their defence and I think they did a good job."

The Chinese women produced a total of 10 aces, Zhu Ting contributing five.

Following two consecutive wins on Friday and Saturday, China started well in their last match of the round robin play, jumping to a 7-4 lead after some fine attacks by Zeng Chunlei and Zhu Ting. Thailand pulled back to 9-8, but the Chinese women put in some impressive serving and staged a 12-2 run to make it 21-10, a gap that the Thais could never close.

Thailand continued to struggle with their reception in the second set while China raced to an 11-3 lead and never looked back. In the third set, the Chinese continued their dominance and concluded the match with a 9-1 run. The Chinese also out-blocked Thailand 12-3.

Later on Sunday, the Dominican Republic beat Belgium 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-21) to finish second in the four-team tournament with two wins against one loss. Bethania De La Cruz led the Dominican Republic with 19 points.

Thailand came in third with a 1-2 win-loss record ahead of the winless Belgian team.


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