Following the pattern of the Nations League earlier this summer, Li Yingying was unleashed in the Nations League bronze medal match, and dominated.
18-year old Li Yingying finally earned her time in the spotlight, racking up a match-high 20 points as China secured its second straight World Championships medal on Saturday, a bronze medal sweep of the Netherlands.
Paola Egonu piled up a tournament scoring record 45 points (39 kills, 5 aces and a block) and Italy bested China in kills and aces in a five-set win to earn its first World Championships finals berth since 2002.
China is aiming to reach the World Championship final for the sixth time in its history
China coach Lang Ping has been waiting until crunch time to put her young dynamic hitter Li Yingying into matches, even though it’s clear their outcomes improve with her on the court.
Zhu Ting led the way as China rallied for a 5-set win over the United States to open Final Six play at the World Championships leaving the Americans in a must-win situation on Monday against the Netherlands.
Zhang Changning has been included after being sent home from the Asian Games to rehab a knee injury.
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.
Zhu Ting and China were unstoppable as they won all 8 of their Asian Games matches in 3-0 sweeps.
The loss of one star, plus the return of another, saw Thailand into the gold medal match for the first time in tournament history.