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The new-formed China national team celebrate their first victory.
Unbeaten host team crowns the China International Women's Volleyball Tournament

20 May 2013
Ningbo, China: The China International Women’s Volleyball Tournament finished its first phase at Ningbo City last night, witnessing the new-formed China women’s volleyball national team clinching their first champion on their debut after defeating the last opponent, Cuba team in 3-1 (25-1, 21-25, 25-16, 25-16). Cuba team came into their state quickly in the first set and led at both technical timeouts.

But China gradually got used to Cuba’s attacking and came from behind after organizing several effective offences. With an error in jump serving, Cuba lost the first set in 19-25. Entering the second set, Cuba strengthened their high power attack, which wrong-footed the opponent. China lost their first ever and the only set in 19-25 through the tournament.

“We met some difficulties during the match. But we adjusted ourselves well later instead of getting upset.” said Hui Ruoqi, who scored 14 points in the whole match. At the key moment, Lang’s changes in tactics always produced an immediate effect. China never gave any chance to the young Cuba team by taking down the following two sets in 25-16 and 25-18 respectively.

Lang was satisfied with the result. She clapped and cheered with every player after the victory. “We gained a lot. 3 opponent teams have different playing styles. My players, especially some rookies, practiced their skills and improved their adaptability to changes through the competition.” “They played well and tried their best, though not so consistent. I hope they can build confidence from the victory and also find their defects.” Lang commented her players.

“I am happy to win this tournament. But we need to forget it quickly and get prepared for the next leg. Our opponent teams will have smoother cooperation and play better. They will produce more difficulties for us.” In another match happening in the afternoon, Thailand swept Puerto Rico in 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 26-24) and ranked 2nd while the latter 3rd of the tournament.

“I am happy that we won the second place. I would like to congratulate my players. They played well. Our young players need matches to improve their skills and learn experience. We achieved our goal.” said Radchatagriengkai Kiattipong, head coach of Thailand.

Cuba team, composing players all under 24, paid for their youth and immaturity. They ranked 4th by losing all 3 matches. These 4 teams will transfer to Shenzhen City today and prepare for the 2nd phase of the Tournament which will be resumed on May 22.
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