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GP: China beat Serbia for 9th consecutive win

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

China successfully defended the only remaining unbeaten record in the 2013 World Grand Prix with a 3-2 (25-17, 25-27, 25-20, 23-25, 15-5) win against Serbia.



It was China‘s first victory against Serbia in the World Grand Prix, confirmed their best ever start to the competition with nine consecutive victories and gave them first place in the qualification round.

A 3-2 defeat means Serbia qualify for the tournament finals in Sapporo in third place with 23 points, behind China and Brazil.

In the first set China was ahead 8-3 at the first technical time-out and moved ahead 11-5 and 16-8 at the second technical time-out. Zeng Chunlei‘s strong smash ended the first set 25-17 to China.

Zhu Ting‘s strong blocks started the second set for China and they led 8-5 at the first technical time-out, 16-14 at the second one.

Errors on China‘s spikes tied the match at 16-16 and Serbia strengthened their blocks and spikes to win the second set 27-25 and level the match at 1-1.

The third set was close, although when Serbia moved into a 10-7 lead, China called a time-out. By the second technical time-out China had moved into a 16-15 lead, and with Zhu Ting prominent again, China moved away to take the third set 25-20.

Serbia responded to grab the fourth set 25-23 and force the match into a tie-break.

China absolutely dominated the tie-break, and eventually took the deciding set 15-5 to close out a 3-2 win.

Zhu Ting (18) and captain Hui Ruoqi (18) were China‘s leading scorers, but Serbia‘s Ana Bjelica was the match’s top scorer with 28 points followed with Sanja Malagurski (16).

See the profiles of China and Serbia, also profiles of Ting and Bjelica.

For more news from this competition, click on World Grand Prix 2013.

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