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Player of the Week: Ding Xia

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2020 - Ding Xia has been setting up China for triumphs for over half a decade, helping her team's top scorers bring the points and keeping opponents guessing where the next attack is coming from.

Watch: Full match replays featuring Ding Xia

The 30-year-old setter, whose career highlight has certainly been the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, first became involved with volleyball in the youth categories of Hebei Volleyball, before moving to Liaoning in 2009 and staying there ever since, competing in the Chinese Volleyball League.

Ding was first called to the national team in 2014, ahead of the Asian Cup and Asian Games of that year, where she helped China pick up gold and silver - her first medals at international level. She was selected for the Dream Team of that Asian Cup as best setter of the competition.

Following the triumph at Rio 2016, Ding continued to mastermind China's national team, including successes in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship and FIVB Volleyball Nations League, as well as back-to-back gold medals in the FIVB Volleyball World Cups of 2015 and 2019.

Adding to her personal individual awards, Ding was named on the Dream Team of last year's World Cup.

Remember that you can watch highlight videos of Ding Xia in action across the FIVB's channels this week, including on the Volleyball World YouTube channel. You can also watch her lead China at the 2016 and 2017 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix. Get the programme here.

Player of the Week features:
Week 1: Yuji Nishida
Week 2: Annie Drews
Week 3: Klemen Cebulj
Week 4: Brayelin Martinez
Week 5: Milad Ebadipour
Week 6: Gabi Guimaraes
Week 7: Karol Klos
Week 8: Onuma Sittirak
Week 9: Simone Giannelli
Week 10: Eda Erdem
Week 11: Tsvetan Sokolov
Week 12: Sarina Koga
Week 13: Louisa Lippmann
Week 14: Facundo Conte

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