China is aiming to reach the World Championship final for the sixth time in its history
The star of the show thus far in the World Championships has been Italy’s Paola Egonu. The 19-year old has notched 182 total points (150 kills, 17 blocks, 15 aces) and also ranks among the top 10 in aces and kills.
Ding Xia started China’s match against Bulgaria on the bench with an injury, but after they dropped the first set, she was forced into action anyway.
19th-ranked Canada earned its first victory of the 2018 FIVB World Championship Wednesday, besting 25th-ranked Cuba in 4 sets to keep its second round hopes alive. 7th-ranked Italy swept 12th-ranked Turkey, while top-ranked China gave its young players valuable experience in a 4-set win against 17th-ranked Bulgaria.
Zhang Changning has been included after being sent home from the Asian Games to rehab a knee injury.
The six-day friendly tournament will see five teams in among the top 15 of the FIVB World Rankings competing for its golden crown
The Asian Games was the perfect event for some teams to make the final adjustments towards this year’s WCH. For fans, it was an amazing opportunity to have a close look at what the continent’s best players had to offer.
Led by 7 kills from Yuki Ishii (#7), Japan had a clinical display of international volleyball to close pool play in Jakarta.
Brazil upset Team USA with an easy 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-19) win to secure the silver medal.