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Home joy for hosts in China International Volleyball Tournament

Jenny Lang Ping's side delighted their home fans in Ningbo
Hosts China maintained their undefeated record to beat Asian champions Thailand and win the China International Women's Volleyball Tournament in Ningbo. 

In the final match wing-spiker Zhu Ting scored a game-high 24 points as the Chinese won 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-11). Zeng Chunlei weighed in with 15 points and Yang Junjing added 10 as China delighted their home fans.

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

China produced a total of 10 aces, of which Zhu Ting contributed five.

China started well in their last match of the round robin play and jumped in 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 Thailand were unable to 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.

In the other final matches the Dominican Republic defeated Belgium 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-21) to finish second in the four-team tournament with two wins and 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 Belgium.


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