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 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.
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.
The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled through Turkey in a VNL Finals rematch, as they are one of 4 still up for a top 3 spot in Pool F.
7th-ranked Italy rallied all the way back for a 3-1 upset victory after dropping the opening set to top-ranked China. The Italians complete pool play with a perfect 5-0 mark, while the Chinese drop to 4-1 heading to the second round of FIVB World Championship action.
Zhang Changning has been included after being sent home from the Asian Games to rehab a knee injury.
As part of the run-up to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan, host broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System…
Zhu Ting and China were unstoppable as they won all 8 of their Asian Games matches in 3-0 sweeps.