Shanghai clinch sixth consecutive title in China Volleyball League
Yuan Rui

This season's China Volleyball League (men), which resumed behind closed doors on August 20, came to an end on Tuesday. Five-time defending champions Shanghai recorded a straight 3-0 sweep in the second match of their final series with Jiangsu to win 2-0 overall at the event in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province.

In the first set, Shanghai and Jiangsu traded the lead frequently from the start. After Jiangsu leveled the score 18-18, Shanghai went on to take the frame 25-22.

Jiangsu entered the second with a strong 7-2 lead, but their opponents fought back by scoring five points in a row. Jiangsu retook the lead but after that failed to widen the margin, giving Shanghai a chance to smash them with a 13-6 run.

The last set saw Jiangsu show signs of resistance. However, Shanghai were able to score six consecutive points to build a strong 20-13 and put the game to bed 25-17.

The defending champions clinched their sixth title in a row in this year's special tournament behind closed doors. All teams were tested twice for both the COVID-19 nucleic acid test and antibody test, while the competition and living zones were completely quarantined to ensure their safety.

After the game, Shanghai head coach Shen Qiong will focus on next year's National Games. "We want to examine whether the young players can show their best in the key matches, and it's also a rehearsal for next year's National Games. We will summarize the experience of the games and we hope that the players can make progress, after all, the pressure of next year's National Games will be heavier,'' said Shen.