China beat Japan in FIVB Women's Nation League opening match
Wen Shunshun
After winning all three matches in Macao last week, China were full of confidence when they took on Japan in their opening match in Hong Kong on Tuesday, as both teams came in with records of four wins and two losses in the tournament so far, and were looking to extend the good run.
China started well to establish a 4-1 lead. And Japan battled to reduce the deficit to 7-5 after China failed to respond.
The hosts then did a fantastic drop shot to tie it 25-ALL, as Lang Ping's side went on to win the opening set 27-25 when Japan hit wide. China didn't give many chances to their opponents and won the second 25-18.  But Japan fought back in the third, who kept control all along the way and took a 16-14 lead.
China's Gong Xiangyu made some difference then, whose spike cut the gap to one. The hosts regained the dominance and Japan were not able to come back as Li Yingying's spike helped the PRC secure the victory 25-21 and grab the opening win in straight sets.