Zhu, Zhang help China in straight-set win over Brazil

Nanjing, China, August 2, 2017 – Zhu Ting and Zhang Changning combined for 31 points in China’s 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 29-27) win over defending champions Brazil in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 1 Finals at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday.

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Zhu top scored for China with 15 points, including 14 attacks and a block. Zhang chipped in 14 points, then team-mates Yuan Xinyue and Ding Xia helped out on defence with four and three stuff blocks, respectively. China had a total of 12 blocks, including two crucial blocks at the end of the third set. Tandara Caixeta led Brazil with 18 markers.

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China had a successful first World Grand Prix match in Nanjing after they completed their straight-set win over Brazil. The victory was extra special as the team hit the 200-mark in number of victories.

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China benefitted from Brazil’s nine turnovers in the first set to seize a 25-22 win. The hosts carried their momentum into the next set to mount a big lead but Brazil inched closer 17-16 before China started another run that secured the 25-17 second set win. Brazil made a late run in the third set but China’s superior blocking helped them complete the win in the extended third set 29-27.


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