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VNL 2019 W: First win of Lavarini as Korea head coach, Zhu back on China’s roster in victory against Thailand

by WoV
source: volleyball.world, topvolleybelgium.be; Photo: volleyball.world, Osports 全体育传媒

By beating Belgium in Pool 7 in the second week, South Korea scored their first win in the 2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League – Preliminary Round.



The difference in the FIVB ranking does not always play a decisive role but when it comes to a duel between South Korea and Belgium, this difference was reflected in its full extent. The Asian side (ranked No.9) swept Belgium (ranked No.19) in straight sets, partially 25-15, 25-17, and 25-21, in Macau, China. Knowing that South Korea lost all three games in the first week, the Italian expert Stefano Lavarini achieved his first win as their head coach, today. It is important to stress that Belgium had a 28-hour trip to Macau before facing off Korean ladies. Kim Hee-Jin top-scored for Korea with 18 points. Britt Herbots noted 13 for the “Yellow Tigers“.



China are at 2-2 in the tournament after they ran over Thailand, leaving the rivals at single digits in the third set: 25-21, 25-17, and 25-9. Since they are hosting Pool 7, China head coach Lang Ping, who returned to the bench after delegating authority to her assistant An Jiajie in the first week, decided to register the strongest possible squad for the upcoming three matches including the one against Thailand. So, Zhu Ting and Li Yingying were on China’s roster and debuted in the 2019 Nations League. And how much they mean to the team, especially Zhu, shows the situation in the first set. She started the match as a substitute but entered the court in the finish of a tense first set to score the last two points and give China a 1-0. Gong Xiangyu was the best scorer for the winning side with 13 points. Chatchu-On Moksri scored 9 for Thailand.

2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 2 – Day 1:

Pool 5 (Conegliano, Italy):

USA – Serbia 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21)

Italy – Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-18, 27-25, 18-25, 25-20)

Pool 6 (Ankara, Turkey):

Russia – Germany 0-3 (14-25, 21-25, 20-25)

Turkey – Japan 0-3 (23-25, 22-25, 14-25)

Pool 7 (Macau, China):

Belgium – South Korea 0-3 (15-25, 17-25, 21-25)

China – Thailand 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-9)

Pool 8 (Apeldoorn, Netherlands):

Bulgaria – Poland 1-3 (23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-17)

Netherlands – Brazil 2-3 (25-21, 28-30, 20-25, 25-18, 11-15)




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