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Zhu Ting’s heroics help China in tie-break win

 
Nanjing, China, August 4, 2017 – Zhu Ting’s gallant plays late in the fifth set led to China’s 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 18-16) win over the Netherlands in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Friday.

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Zhu had an impressive night as she scored 31 of her 33 points from the attack line, then Yuan Xinyue and Gong Xiangyu scored 14 points apiece to lead the Chinese scorers. Nika Daalderop and Celeste Plak also scored big numbers for the Netherlands with 22 and 20 points, respectively.

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China have already secured their qualification to the semifinals since their first match win over Brazil on Wednesday, August 2. The Chinese win allowed the defending champions Brazil advance to the semifinals.

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The Netherlands held the lead but China made some solid blocks that shifted the momentum to their side, including the block by Gong to seal the opening set win at 25-23. They took alternate set wins in the next three frames for the match to be decided in the tie-breaker. China had a cardiac finish as Zhu’s power plays helped snatch the lead and the match win from the Netherlands.

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