China settle for 6th place at FIVB Montreux Volleyball Masters
After failing to make it to the semifinals, the Chinese women's volleyball team went down against Turkey to finish 6th at the Montreux Volleyball Masters on Saturday.
Earlier, China came back after losing the first set but still came up short in the end in their fifth-place play-off match.
The PRC players made some early errors in the opening set and Turkey made full use of those to bag it 25-18.
The young Chinese squad showed better concentration and cohesion in the second and Li Yingying's strong spikes did some damage. She went on to have a team-high 17 points as her side won the second set 25-16.
The see-saw battle saw the game moving into the third set and China's relentless attack made it 21-21 at one stage of the game.
However, Turkey went on a 4-point to get to set point and Hande Baladin's smash saw them take it 25-23 to lead the game 2-1.
Turkey controlled the fourth and won it 25-18 for a 3-1 victory that gave them fifth place while the result meant China had to settle for sixth, their worst result at the tournament in four years. Meanwhile, the title match of the tournament saw European powerhouse Poland taking on Japan for the title challenge.
It was tied up after the first two sets, and the exciting fourth set was very close and saw them being even Stevens at 24-24. Japan then sent a spike out on championship point and Poland won it to notch up their first-ever Montreux Masters title.