Zhu leads China in four-set win over USA


Zhu Ting sparked China's four-set victory over USA as she scored 21 points

Tokyo, Japan, September 5, 2017 – Zhu Ting delivered a strong performance on offence and defence as she led China to a 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-17) win over USA in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup Japan 2017 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.

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Zhu topped all scorers with 21 points, including 16 attacks and four blocks and an ace. Three more players – Zhang Changning, Yuan Xinyue and Zeng Chunlei – scored in double figures to contribute to the Chinese offence with 18, 14 and 13 points, respectively. Rachael Adams, Foluke Akinradewo and Jordan Larson scored 13, 12 and 11 points for USA, but not enough to outplay the Chinese side, which ruled with 56 attacks, 14 blocks and seven aces.

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China now have a 3-1 edge in victories over USA in the World Grand Champions Cup. China won the first two meetings in 1993 and 2001, followed by USA’s victory in 2005.

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USA started the match with a 25-18 win in the opening set, then China retaliated with a 25-18 win in the next set as Zhu stepped up on offence. China also improved on their blocking and service, while USA struggled on errors that made it easy for their rivals to close the match in the next two sets at 25-14 and 25-17.


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