China Rebounds from Two Losses with Sweep of Russia

2018 FIVB WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 4 / POOL 14

  • June 5-7, 2018
  • Jiangmen, China | Jiangmen Sports Hall (Capacity: 8,500)
  • Time Zone: China Standard Time (UTC + 8)
  • World Rankings: #1 China, #2 USA, #4 Brazil, #5 Russia
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
5 Jun 16:00 0–3 United States 14–25 18–25 18–25 50–75 P2 Report
5 Jun 19:30 2–3 Brazil 25–19 23–25 25–27 25–10 14–16 112–97
6 Jun 16:00 3–1 Brazil 25–23 26–28 25–21 25–18 101–90
6 Jun 19:30 3–0 Russia 25–21 25–19 25–22 75–62

 

China def. Russia 3-0

  • China defeated Russia 25-21, 25-19, 25-22
  • China moved to 6-5 (20 points); Russia moved to 6-5 (17 points)

Nine blocks and 17 Russian miscues helped China to a home sweep of Russia on Wednesday, knocking Russia down to seventh in the VNL standings.

China bested Russia in blocks (9-4) and aces (8-7), while taking advantage of 17 Russian errors and committing just 11 of its own. Russia boasted a slight 41-40 advantage in kills.

Liu Xiatong (15), Yuan Xinyue (14) and Zhu Ting (13) turned in double-digit scoring efforts to pace the Chinese attack. Xiatong and Zhu notched 12 kills apiece, while Xinyue managed six putaways to go with a team-best six blocks and two aces. Gong Xiangyu chipped in five kills and a team-leading three aces.

Irina Voronkova and Kseniia Parubets combined for 27 points and 25 kills for Russia. Voronkova put down 12 kills and added a team-best two aces, while Parubets chipped in 13 putaways. The next highest scorer was Ekaterina Efimova, who managed six points on three kills, two blocks and an ace.

The win snaps a two-match skid for China, while the loss is Russia’s second of the week.

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