FIVB Montreux Volley Masters: China overcome Germany to win 3-2
At the ongoing Montreux Masters, the Chinese women's team were able to bounce back from an opening game defeat to Japan by getting past Germany 3-2 in their second Group A match on Tuesday.
China will now face Poland in a make or break battle with the winner getting a place in the knockout stages.
Earlier, China made a positive start and wrapped up the opening set 25-21 when Marie Scholzel touched the net while trying to block Duan Fang's spike. The second set was much easier for the Chinese side as Duan rose high again to notch up the set with an easy 25-9 margin.
The third set was a much closer affair, as Zheng Yixin's block put the Olympic champions 23-19 in the lead. However, the Germans came back after the Chinese wasted six match points and Louisa Lippman's spike pulled one back for the Europeans, 26-24.
The Germans maintained their momentum in the fourth set and went 21-15 ahead when Li Yingying fired out of bounds. Coach An Jiajie called a time out but it didn't have much impact. The Europeans won the frame 25-22 to level the contest at 2-2.
However, in the final set, the Chinese players held their nerve and won the decider thanks to Duan Fang's successful block. The German side will now face Japan in their second match of the group league stage
After his side's hard-fought victory, An said, “We put more young players on the court to give them more opportunities to adjust to match conditions, and that will be very helpful to them. We did not do a good job in the third set against Germany's strong attacks, and we will analyze what happened later.”