Brazil beat China in FIVB Women’s Nations League in Brasilia
China dispatched their secondary team to the Brasilia stop of the ongoing FIVB Women's Nations League, and in their opening game against host Brazil, the Chinese women went down 3-0 to have a lackluster start in the opening round.
After the home side dominated much of the first set, Brazil's Gabi served the ball on the set point, but China broke the serve with Du Qingqing's heavy spike to trail one point back 24-15. However, when Yang Hanyu served the ball, Brazilian Mara's thorough and impressive spike clinched the set-deciding point as Brazil won the opening set 25-15.
The second set was a bit closely-fought one as the Chinese spikers matched their Brazilian counterparts almost point by point. Du Qingqing served the ball on the second set point, but the PRC ladies failed to block Amanda's spike, losing the second set 25-21.
The Chinese side put up a brave fight in the 3rd set and showed some promises to claw their way back into the game. However, when the game went down to the match point, Brazil's Gabi, who cut a game high of 20 points, sent a good kill to give Brazil the third set win 25-21.
With the visiting side losing their opening game, they will face an uphill task in their second game of the tournament against Russia tonight (Wednesday local time).