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 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.
After 4 straight Asiad titles, Kim Yeon-Keong (above) and South Korea dethroned China in 2014.
Zhang has returned to her provincial team in Jiangsu to prepare for the World Championships instead.
Li Yingying was among the players who told media of their weight loss: the 18-year old dropped 14 pounds at the team’s two-week training camp.
Zhang missed the Nations League, but is included on China’s roster for the Asian Games. So too is Yi Lingling, though she’s been moved to a different position.
3 members of China’s senior national team will miss at least the next 3 weeks of action at the 2018…
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