China see off Brazil to remain undefeated


China team celebrates after beating Brazil

Macau, China, June 19, 2016 - China's Fangxu Yang scored 12 points as her team swept aside Brazil  3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-20) in their last Pool D1 match at 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix.

The next best scorer for China was Ting Zhu with 10 points, while Brazil's Fernanda Rodrigues scored a team-high 11.

China topped the rankings in the tournament in Macau with three victories which means they won all six matches at this year's World Grand Prix. Brazil finished third registering they 11th defeat against China in World Grand Prix matches.

A boisterous crowd greeted the Chinese team at the start of the match and the home team used this energy to jump out to a 5-0 lead, prompting an early time out from the Brazilian side. China pulled ahead 13-6 due to excellent blocking from Ni Yan. Brazil found its stride and began to chip away at the Chinese lead, eventually closing to within one point at 21-22. China responded by bringing in a setter Xia Ding and they maintained their lead to take the set 25-23.

It was Brazil who took the early 7-3 lead in set two thanks to two consecutive kills from Fernanda. With Ting Zhu at the service line, the Chinese scored five straight points to tie the match at 11-11. China kept up its strong play and pulled ahead 23-16 due in part to some excellent blocking by Ting Zhu and Ni Yan. Brazil made a number of substitutions at this point but China stayed in control and finished the set 25-16.

Set three started as a tight affair as neither team managed to reach more than a two-point advantage. Fabiana gave her side the lead at 7-5 with two points from serve. The Chinese battled back, using their block to neutralize the Brazilian attack and collected seven consecutive points to race off to 16-9. Brazil fought back to within three points but the Chinese maintained their composure and maintained control of the set. Fangxu Yang put down a thunderous kill to give the Chinese a 24-20 lead and she followed with a service ace to close out the match.

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