Tokyo, Japan, September 6, 2017 – Zhu’s attack rampage brought China back in contention in the tie-break set to win 3-2 (25-20, 25-12, 20-25, 23-25, 19-17) against Brazil in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Zhu scored 33 points, which she accumulated from 31 attacks, a block and an ace that carried her team in crucial moments especially in the final set. Yuan Xinyue, Zeng Chunlei and Ni Yan contributed 15, 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Chinese victory. Brazil had five players scoring in double figures led by Tandara Caixeta and Natalia Pereira, who scored 23 and 18 points, respectively.
China remain undefeated, while Brazil dropped to 1-1 on the second day of competition. China replicated their Rio 2016 Olympic Games five-set quarterfinal win over Brazil. The Asian side now hold a 2-2 win-record in their head-to-head series at the World Grand Champions Cup.Quick links - Volleyball:
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Zhu’s solid spikes in the first set helped China seize the opening set. In the second set, Brazil had no solution for Zhu’s attacks, but in the third set, they came up with the set win at 25-20 as they solved their issues on defence. Brazil played with the same defensive intensity at the net, including Ana Beatriz’s stuff block that forced the tie-breaker. Brazil had an aggressive start, but Zhu’s heroics down the final stretch sealed the Chinese victory.