China and Brazil were the big winners at the International Military Sports Council (CISM) World Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championships, which concluded last week in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
In all, 11 countries and 325 military delegates participated in the annual event, including several male Chinese players who had also been listed on the initial 2018 Volleyball Nations League roster, including setter Tianyi Mao, libero Xiateng Ma and middle blocker Chuanhang Tang.
On the men’s side, Brazil defeated the China side in straight sets for the gold medal (25-16, 25-17, 25-22) and Korea won the bronze-medal tilt in a five-set thriller against Germany (27-29, 25-20, 32-30, 14-25, 15-8).
For the women’s championship, China won gold, beating the Brazilian side in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-19) and France outlasted Germany in four sets for bronze (25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17).
The MVP for the women was 6-4 (192 cm) outside attacker Wang Yunlu, who has played for for Bayi in Hunan, China since the start of the 2014 season. Brazil’s Alexander Szot earned MVP honors on the men’s side of the championships.
FINAL RANKING MEN
- The Netherlands
FINAL RANKING WOMEN
- Most Valuable Player-Men: Private Alexander Szot, Brazil
- Most Valuable Player-Women: 2nd Lieutenant Wang Yunlu from China
- Fair-Play Award-Men: Canada
- Fair Play Award-Women: Kenya