Zhu leads China to beat Japan, complete title sweep


Zhu topped all scorers with 26 points to lead China to a 3-1 win over Japan in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Grand Champions Cup

Nagoya, Japan, September 10, 2017 – Zhu Ting commanded China’s 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 25-18, 25-16) win over hosts Japan to complete the title sweep in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Sunday.

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Zhu was offence-driven against Japan as scored 25 solid attacks and an ace for China. The rest of China’s starting unit scored points, with four other players scoring in double-figures – Zhang Changning (16), Yuan Xinyue (15), Yan Ni (12) and Zeng Chunlei (12). Japan also made a solid scoring effort led by Risa Shinnabe and Rika Nomoto, who scored 17 points each. However, China played solidly at the net with 15 stuff blocks.

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China clinched their second title at the World Grand Champions Cup. China last climbed the top podium when they won all five matches in 2001. They joined Brazil as the only reigning Olympic champions to win the World Grand Champions Cup.

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Japan’s defence was unyielding against China, which led to a tight first set. However, Zhu Ting’s three strong spikes closed the set after the deadlock of 22-all. Japan gave another great fight in the next set and were rewarded with a win as Nomoto’s service game displaced their rivals’ defence. Zhu found the seams on the Japanese defence and picked on this deficiency to claim the next two sets for the title victory.


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