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Volleyball: Asian champs Guangdong bag bronze at Women’s Club Worlds

Chinese giants Guangdong Evergrande, fetauring China captain Hui Ruoqi (fourth left) and star outside hitter Zhu Ting (fifth left), after winning bronze at the FIVB Women's Club World Championship. Photos: FIVB.

Chinese giants Guangdong Evergrande, fetauring China captain Hui Ruoqi (fourth left) and star outside hitter Zhu Ting (fifth left), after winning bronze at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. Photos: FIVB.

October 14, 2013: Asian champions Guangdong Evergrande beat hosts Volero Zurich 3-1 to claim the bronze medal in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship at Saalsporthalle in Zurich, Switzerland.

 

European champions Vakifbank Istanbul, spearheaded by tournament MVP Jovana Brakocevic of Serbia, won the gold by defeating Unilever Volei from Brazil 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-16).

 

Guangdong, coached by China women’s national team boss Jenny Lang Ping, fought back bravely to beat the hosts. China’s rising star Zhu Ting, 18, was the top scorer for the Asian champions with 24 points, but was well supported by a side featuring China captain Hui Ruoqi, setter Shen Jingsi and 1.95-metre Xu Yunli. Guangdong’s overseas stars included Americans Megan Hodge and Juliann Faucette, and Italian Martina Guiggi.

 

China star Zhu Ting, 18, on the attack against hosts Volero Zurich in the bronze-medal match.

China star Zhu Ting, 18, on the attack against hosts Volero Zurich in the bronze-medal match.

Hui, captain of Guangdong as well as her national team, said: “It was a tough game against Volero Zurich. Our comeback in the second set was very important for the rest of the game. We displayed a strong fighting spirit and our defensive play was well organised, and I personally played better this time.”

 

Coach Lang added: “We are happy with the bronze medal. I think our players know each other better now and we start to improve our level. An important difference between the first match against Volero Zurich and the one today was that we knew our opponent better.”

 

Zurich came up with 10 blocking points to Guangdong’s four, but Guangdong had the edge in serving, 7-5. Zurich’s Romanian captain Nneka Onyejekwe admitted that Zhu, now China’s star outside hitter, was a key difference.

 

“We experienced many ups and downs today,” she said. “We started well, but could not control Zhu Ting and their fast middles.”

 

Zurich coach Jan de Brandt: “It’s a pity. We made a very impressive comeback in the first set, but lost focus in the crucial moments of the match. We’re not used to playing constantly at such a high level. China saved more balls in defence and that helped them to set up a strong transition game. We won the duel against them in the preliminary phase, but today they were better.”

 

2013 Women’s Club World Championship, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Vakifbank Istanbul claimed their 52nd straight win by beating Unilever Volei 25-23, 27-25, 25-16 to clinch gold at the FIVB Women's Club World Championship.

Vakifbank Istanbul beating Unilever Volei 25-23, 27-25, 25-16 to clinch gold at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.

Dream Team

1st Best Outside Spiker – Kenia Carcaces (Volero Zurich)

2nd Best Outside Spiker – Kirdar Sonsirma Gözde (Vakifbank Istanbul)

1st Best Middle Blocker – Christiane Fürst (Vakifbank Istanbul)

2nd Best Middle Blocker – Carol (Unilever Volei)

Best Libero – Yuko Sano (Volero Zurich)

Best Setter – Shen Jingsi (Guangdong Evergrande)

Best Opposite Spiker – Sarah Pavan (Unilever Volei)

Most Valuable Player – Jovana Brakocevic (Vakifbank Istanbul)

 

Top Scoring Performances


28 – Kenia Carcaces of Volero Zurich v Guangdong Evergrande (October 10)

25 – Zhu Ting of Guangdong Evergrande v Volero Zurich (October 10)

23 – Jovana Brakocevic of Vakifbank Istanbul v Unilever Volei (October 13)

 

Top Blocking Performances


7 – Carol of Unilever Volei v Vakifbank Istanbul (October 13)

6 – Jovana Brakocevic of Vakifbank Istanbul v Unilever Volei (October 11)

5 – Christiane Fürst of Vakifbank Istanbul v Unilever Volei (October 11)

5 – Kenia Carcaces of Volero Zurich v Guangdong Evergrande (October 10)

 

Top Blocking Performances by Team


19 – Vakifbank Istanbul v Unilever Volei (October 11)

14 – Unilever Volei v Volero Zurich (October 12)

14 – Volero Zurich v Guangdong Evergrande (October 10)

 

Top Serving Performances

4 – Shen Jingsi of Guangdong Evergrande v Volero Zurich (October 13)

 

Top Serving Performances by Team


7 – Guangdong Evergrande v Kenya Prisons (October 9)

7 – Guangdong Evergrande v Volero Zurich (October 13)

6 – Volero Zurich v Guangdong Evergrande (October 10)

6 – Vakifbank Istanbul v Iowa Ice (October 10)

6 – Vakifbank Istanbul v Unilever Volei (October 11)

6 – Unilever Volei v Vakifbank Istanbul (October 11)

 

Highest Scorers by Day

October 9 – Zhu Ting of Guangdong Evergrande v Kenya Prisons (14 points)

October 10 – Kenia Carcaces of Volero Zurich v Guangdong Evergrande (28 points)

October 11 – Jovana Brakocevic of Vakifbank Istanbul v Unilever Volei (20 points)

October 12 – Zhu Ting of Guangdong Evergrande v Vakifbank Istanbul (18 points) and Sarah Pavan of Unilever Volei v Volero Zurich (18 points)

October 13 – Zhu Ting of Guangdong Evergrande v Volero Zurich (24 points)


 

Highest Set Score


October 10: Volero Zurich v Guangdong Evergrande 29-31 (60 points)

 

Highest Match Score


October 10: Volero Zurich v Guangdong Evergrande (26-24, 25-21, 29-31, 25-21) – 202 points

 

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