China captain Zhu Ting hails belief within her team


China and Italy at the post-match media conference.

Kunshan, China, July 07, 2017 - China have put on an impressive display of power volleyball in front of their home crowd to beat Italy 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20) on the opening night of the FIVB World Grand Prix 2017 in Kunshan.

An Jiajie, China coach: "Winning is a good thing. In the first set both teams were nervous. Italy made some adjustments before us. I have to say that Italian players are very experienced, our team members are all young, but they worked very hard to win this game."

Zhu Ting, China captain: "We did a good job in the match. We cooperate with each other and we believe in each other. Italy is a strong team. We learned a lot during the match."

Mazzanti Davide, Italy coach: "It's very hard to play with China in the first match. We've made some mistakes in the first set. After that, we played much better, but China has some good volleyball players."

Cristina Chirichella, Italy captain: "It's just the beginning, we have a lot of matches here. We have to find our faith and we are trying to do this."


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