Team profile


FIVB World Ranking 5

Best Result1986 1

Last Result2010 10

2 2 0

China won successive World Championships in 1982 and 1986, defeating Peru and Cuba respectively, before taking the silver medal in 1990 and 1998. Since then, a fourth place finish in 2002 is the best they have managed after losing to Russia in the bronze medal match. In 2010, China finished sixth out of eight teams in their second round pool and lost the ninth-place match to Poland.

Last year's World Grand Prix silver medallists finished a disappointing fifth in the 2014 Final Six, with defeats to Brazil, Japan and Russia sealing their fate. The team won two Olympic gold medals, at Los Angeles 1984 and Athens 2004. In addition to winning the World Grand Prix in 2003, they have won the World Cup three times (1981, 1985 and 2003) and the Grand Champions Cup once (2001). They come to Italy striving to restore their status as an international volleyball powerhouse under the leadership of Lang Ping, who has returned for a second spell as coach.

Volleyball was the first sport at which China succeeded on a global scale, and its cultural importance was never more evident than in the 1980s when it enjoyed huge popularity. They will be seeking a return to the glory days of the 1980s under coach Lang, who was a leading star in that era of success as part of the team that won gold at the 1984 Olympic Games.


Lang Ping

Lang Ping

Lang Ping returned as China’s women’s team coach for the second time in 2013. As a player she was known as the ‘Iron Hammer’ and won gold at the 1984 Olympic Games, the 1982 World Championship and the 1981 and 1985 World Cups. In her first stint as coach, she led China to bronze at the 1995 World Cup and silver at the 1996 Olympic Games. She became coach of the US women in 2005 and claimed silver at Beijing 2008, beating China on the way. Since Lang’s return China have sealed silver at the 2013 World Grand Prix.


  • Team Manager Lai Yawen
  • Assistant coach An Jiajie
  • Second Assistant Coach Lai Yawen
  • Doctor Wang Kai
  • Physiotherapist Darling Elizabethann





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 MAX 150 107 1.401
2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 5 0.600 160 183 0.874
Dominican Republic
2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 6 0.333 165 185 0.891