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Egonu batters Zhu in scoring head-to-head, but Italy fall to China

Paola Egonu on the attack against the Chinese block, on her way to scoring 40 points, Thursday in Hong Kong at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 6, 2019 - Paola Egonu bagged 40 points Thursday for Italy against China in the second-highest scoring performance in the history of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League - but still it was not enough to push her side to victory as China rallied from two sets down to take the game 3-2 (18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-13).

On the opposite side of the net, Zhu Ting, China's traditionally high scorer, managed 'just' 26 points.

Egonu had 30 kills from 59 swings (51%), plus 4 blocks and 6 aces.

It was Egonu's second entry this year in the list of players to have scored 30 points or more in the VNL, after her 32-point performance against Serbia earlier this season.

The 20-year-old opposite also has an entry from last year.

Only Poland's Malwina Smarzek has scored more points in a single VNL match, 41 last week against Bulgaria.

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