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Frustration for Chinese girl

Wang Jiaxi (left) and Yuan Lvwen Yuan celebrate a point in their match for China Sunday evening against Indonesia.

Nanjing, China, August 17, 2014 - As Yuan Lvwen ran crying from the court after losing her opening Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball match here Sunday evening with Wang Jiaxi to a team from Indonesia, the 18-year old Chinese player was upset due to a referee’s “misjudgment” call at the net.

“Although the misjudgment is really frustrating, the bad emotion should be mastered,” said Chinese coach Wu Penggen after his team’s 2-0 (21-17, 22-20) lost in 37 minutes to Riski Dwi Andriani and Nanda Ragillia of Indonesia.  “It is just a setback for you.  What you focus on is to consider how to be playing well in the following matches.”

Wu’s remark comes from experience as he competed in 100 FIVB event during a 10-plus season on the world tour.  Wu and Xu Linyun played in two Beach Volleyball Olympics (2008 and 2010) for China.  The pair was also the only Chinese men’s team to ever capture a gold medal on the FIVB World Tour with podium toppers twice during the 2010 season in Russia and France.

And speaking of the “following matches”, Yuan and Wang will play Ursia Moyipele and Petronie Ndoungou of the Congo Monday afternoon before concluding pool play against teams from Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago and Germany.  To advance to next Sunday’s elimination rounds, the Chinese girls must finish among the top four teams in Pool E.

Yuan and Wang were well-matched in strength with the Indonesians and both sets were close throughout the match with several “great” rallies to delight the crowd at the 2,000-seat Beach Volleyball venue at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.

The Chinese girls are from Jiangsu Province, whose capital is Nanjing.  “Both Lvwen and I are very familiar with this city,” said the 17-year old Wang, “and we are feeling some pressure.  We really don’t want to let our family and friends down.”

Wang began playing Volleyball in 2008 and started to participate in Beach Volleyball in 2010.  A fencing player before 2012, Yuan was spotted by Wu and began playing Beach Volleyball.  Yuan and Wang have been partners since December 2013 when they started playing on the Chinese national tour.

Prior to the Nanjing Youth Olympics, Yuan and Wang participated together in the 2014 FIVB under-19 world championships in Portugal where the pair won three of seven matches to place ninth in the competition three weeks ago in Porto.  Three of the setbacks were to teams from Austria, Germany and Switzerland that are competing in Nanjing.


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