Defending champions China beat tough Serbia


Li Yingying led China with 23 points in the victory over Serbia

Lima, Peru, August 8, 2015 – Defending champions China debuted at the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 24-26, 25-23) victory over a relentless Serbia at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima on Saturday.

China took advantage of 31 points via opponent’s errors as both teams were almost equal in the rest of the categories. The two sides scored with 7 aces and Serbia led in blocks 11-9. China had 52 points in attacks, one more than Serbia.

Li Yingying led China with 23 points, followed by Wu Han and Qian Jingwen with 15 and 13, respectively. Serbia’s Katarina Lazovic led all the players in the game with 24 points while teammate Jovana Kocic added 12.

China and Serbia battled hard in the first set with the Asian team pushing the throttle in the latter stages to get the result 25-21.

In the second set, China dominated from start to finish without giving the European team space to breath. The defending champions emerged winners 25-17 in 22 minutes of action with Han Wu leading the attack.

Serbia led 8-5 and 16-14 in the third set. China tied at 23-all with the block of Li Yingying against Kocic but Serbia recovered to win 26-24 with the attack of Lazovic and the block by Kocic against Li.

Serbia was leading 8-6 in the fourth set but China came back to take the steer at 16-12. Serbia managed to tie at 21 but China won 25-22 when the attack of Lazovic was ruled long.


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