China soars past Puerto Rico in five sets
SHENZHEN, China, May 23, 2013 – China remained undefeated at the
China Women’s International Volleyball Tournament after pulling
a come from behind five-set victory (20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17,
15-11) over Puerto Rico before around 11,000 spectators on
In the other match on Thursday, Thailand edged Cuba in five sets
(25-18, 27-25, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11).
The team of coach Lang Ping recovered from a slow start to
finish with a dominating performance. The home side improved to
a 2-0 record in the second phase of the event and 5-0 overall.
Hu Ruoqui led China with 22 points while Yunli (17), Na (12),
Chunlei (12) and Ting (11) also finished with double figures in
the score charts. Karina Ocasio-Malpica topped Puerto Rico with
19 followed by Diana Reyes (17), Yarimar Rosa (16) and Lynda
“Puerto Rico played a good game but we made adjustments in our
defense, and our players never let the intensity to go down,”
Lang Ping said.
“We established our serves and blocks early in the game but
couldn’t close the match,” Puerto Rico’s Rafael Olazagasti said.
The tournament concludes on Friday with Puerto Rico v Thailand
and China v Cuba.