China win third in a row to secure berth in second phase


China Zeng Chunlei spikes

Bari, Italy, September 25, 2014 – China put on a strong performance here Thursday evening to beat Belgium 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) for their third straight win at the 2014 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship and secure a berth in the second phase.
Key Points:
· Belgium and China have never met before at the World Championship.
· Zeng Chunlei was the top scorer of the match (18 points).
· They played each other earlier this year at the 2014 World Grand Prix. China beat Belgium 3-1 in the final round.
· Helene Rosseaux is 23 years old. Today is her birthday. She played in Modena, an Italian club.
· China won all three matches of Pool D in straight sets.

Belgium took an early advantage in the first set thanks to an ace of Frauke Dirickx and Charlotte Leys's attack (8-4). The first attacking point of Laura Heyrman enlarged the lead to 10-5. A block of Zeng Chunlei cut the deficit to 11-9 for China before it was tied at 12-12. A Belgian error gave China a 14-12 lead and the Chinese women improved to 16-13 at the second TTO. Captain Hui Ruoqi closed the set (25-21).

Lang Ping's team opened the second set in strong fashion (5-2), but Leys' serves were unstoppable for the Asian defence and Belgium overtook the lead at the first TTO (8-7). After China pulled it back at 15-15, Belgium improved their quick attacks through Van Hecke to lead 20-17. Zhu Ting and Zeng Chulei responded with some wonderful attacks to make it 22-22 and a block of Xu Yunli and an attack by Zeng put them 2-0 up (26-24).
Belgium started well in the third set, jumping to a 6-2 lead thanks to five points from Van Hecke. As well as the last two sets, China closed the gap (7-7) and overcame Vande Broek's team. But a lot of Belgian errors in offense helped the Asian team win the match (25-19).


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