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Tianjin Bohai Bank win first battle in China Women’s Volleyball League Finals

Nancy Carrillo celebrates winning a point for Tianjin
Tianjin, China, January 19, 2016 - Tianjin Bohai Bank were down in the opening set but soon recovered to take a 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 34-32, 25-18) home triumph over Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel on Saturday, starting the China Women’s Volleyball League Finals with a clear statement of intention. It was a breathtaking battle as both teams played to 34-32 points in the third set, with Jiangsu saving six set points against them and Tianjin three.

The two teams know each other well and head coaches Wang Baoquan and Cai Bin have both coached Team China. There was a fantastic energy and tension throughout the match with Cuban Nancy Carrillo bagging 28 points for Tianjin and finishing top scorer. Both Zhang Changning and Gong Xiangyu contributed 21 points for Jiangsu.

“Tianjin Bohai Bank are formidable rivals. Our team need to take a warning from them. Technique and mentality matter, but sometimes a little luck decides. Of course, the intimidating home atmosphere also helped Tianjin a lot,” said Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel coach
Cai Bin.

The Finals of the China Women’s Volleyball League will be played over the best of five matches. The teams will meet again on Tuesday in Tianjin, before Jiangsu hosts the three remaining matches.

Tianjin Bohai Bank holds the record for the highest set score during the League Finals with a 39-37 score against Shanghai in 2010.


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