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GP: China stay perfect with 3-0 against Argentina

by WoV
source: fivb.org; Photo: fivb.org

In front of an enthusiastic home crowd in Wuhan, Lang Ping's China maintained their perfect win record in the 2013 World Grand Prix with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) win against Argentina.

China celebrates the point

China celebrates the point

The first set started with Argentina dominating play at the net with strong spikes, but after the first technical time-out China strengthened their defence and Argentina had difficulty with the home team’s effective blocking.

China led 16-11 at the second technical time-out and then went on to close out the set 25-18 for a 1-0 lead.

China revealed more determination in the second set and stormed into a 5-0 lead, forcing errors from Argentina that prompted an early time-out.

From then on China played more patiently, persistently and with flexibility. Argentina stayed within reach but, thanks to Xu Yunli’s blocking, China won the second set 25-17 to lead the match 2-0.

The third set started with powerful attacks and blocks from China and they jumped out to a commanding 7-4 lead, and maintained that advantage until the second technical time-out.

China then closed out the set 25-16 and the match 3-0 with a strong attack from Liu Dan. China captain Hui Ruoqi was the match’s leading scorer with 16 points.

China’s task of defending their 100% record now gets tougher as they face Poland on Saturday and Serbia on Sunday.

To read more articles from this competition click on World Grand Prix 2013.

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