China finish on a high note to take seventh rank


China's Xiaoqing Cai overcomes Thailand's blockers Tichakorn Boonlert and Thanacha Sooksod

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 17, 2017 – China captured the seventh position at the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship in Ljubljana, Slovenia, following their 4-2 (14-16, 12-15, 15-4, 16-14, 15-3, 19-17) victory over Thailand in an All-Asian duel at Hall Tivoli on Sunday afternoon.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

Despite their 4-2 triumph over Thailand, China could not confirm their first (2013) and fifth place (2015) from the two previous competitions. Thailand, on the other hand, equalized their eighth rank from 2015, which was their first appearance in a women’s U23 world championship competition.

Meili Song came out as top match scorer with 16 points followed by Xiaoqing Cai with 13. Thailand's Thanacha Sooksod contributed 15 points as the best for the losing side.

China enjoy the seventh rank after their hard-earned comeback versus Thailand

Two sets down, China recovered from a lazy start to turn the tables in the beginning of the third set. Thailand continued to build on their outstanding defense but lacked of height and power in the counter attacks.

The key moment of the match came in the fourth period with China rallying back after a 2-7 deficit. Thailand coach Chamnan Dokmai exchanged setters in the beginning of the fifth set but could not prevent China from pulling trough.

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