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Volleyball: China women complete clean sweep of age-group crowns

China won the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship in Mexico, adding to the country’s wins in the U18 and U20 tournaments earlier this year. Photo: FIVB.

China were proud winners of the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship in Mexico, adding to the country’s victories in the FIVB U18 and U20 World Championships earlier this year. Photo: FIVB.

October 13, 2013: China completed a successful voyage around the women’s age-group categories by capturing gold at the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 26-24) victory over the Dominican Republic in Mexico.

 

The triumph was the third for China’s women’s teams this year following wins in the FIVB’s U18 and U20 events in Thailand and Czech Republic respectively.

 

China won all their six matches in the competition, which was held in the cities of Mexicali and Tijuana. China’s captain and setter Yao Di, who has represented the national team, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

 

China coach Xu Jiande said: “The match was played at a very high level and could have gone to either side. Tonight the luck worked in our favour.”

 

Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek was also content, despite the loss. “The silver medal has a great value for us as a small country. We finished ahead of big countries like USA, Japan and Brazil, and these girls have worked hard during all these years.”

 

Liu Yanhan and Zhang Xiaoya each scored 17 points to lead the Chinese team in the final, followed by Yang Zou with nine points and Gu Xinwei and Wang Qi with eight each. China held an overwhelming advantage of 11-4 in the blocking category, with Yang and Zhang leading the charts with four and three, respectively.

 

In the bronze-medal match, Japan recorded a convincing 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-11, 25-19) victory over the USA.

 

“It was very tough for us because USA is a very talented team,” Japan coach Shigekazu Okubo said. “We are in the middle of the road and want to continue moving on.”

 

In the earlier matches, Turkey beat Italy 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-22) to finish fifth position and Brazil defeated Germany 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 25-15) for seventh place.

 

Final Positions

1. China, 2. Dominican Republic, 3. Japan, 4. United States, 5. Turkey, 6 Italy, 7. Brazil, 8. Germany, 9. Cuba, 10. Argentina, 11. Mexico, 12. Kenya.

 

Most Valuable Player

Yao Di (China)

 

All-Star Team

Setter: Yao Di (China)

Outside Hitters: Brayelin Martinez (Dominican Republic), Sarina Koga (Japan)

Middle Blockers: Yang Zhou (China), Zhang Xiaoya (China)

Opposite: Jeoselyna Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)

Libero: Brenda Castillo (Dominican Republic)

 

Top Scorers

110 – Gina Mancuso, United States

109 – Liu Yanhan, China

106 – Brayelin Martinez, Dominican Republic

105 – Jeoselyna Rodriguez, Dominican Republic

101 – Laura Partenio, Italy

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