Macau, Macau, Jul 15, 2017 – 22 points from Jing Li propelled China to a four-set victory over Turkey on Saturday.
Xinyue Yuan added 19 points for the winning side with Meliha Ismailoglu scoring 17 for Turkey.
The Turkish gained dominance over the Chinese during the first half of the opening set (13-8), but the Chinese adjusted their play and caught up with a tie (14-14). China progressed with minor leads after a block by Yuan. X.Y. and a two-point attack by Ding X.. Coach An substituted Zhu T. in and secured China’s first set (23-25). The second set saw a good start for team China, but they gave away points in serving and blocking errors. Turkey won the second set (25-19).
Turkey had a three-point advantage at the start of the following set, but China had no intentions of giving up, Zhu T. and Yuan X.Y. were keen on their attacks and blocks, resulting in a (8-9) reverse. The Chinese extended their lead with Qian J.W. serving two consecutive aces (12-15). The Chinese made their way to the end of the set with a tight score (25-23).
The Chinese led a minor score difference throughout the fourth set, Turkey’s Durul and Ismailoglu finally sought a tie against the Chinese after an ace serve and a diagonal spike down the line. China’s star of the set Yuan X.Y. scored multiple points at the net due to Turkey’s poor reception (18-21). The Chinese owned the fourth set with Zhu T. winning the very last point of the game (23-25).