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A top European side tried to spring a surprise on women's volleyball favorite China at the 2010 World Schools Volleyball Championships. A list of young national teams faced each other in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.
China faced Turkey in one semifinal and Turkey broke out to a big lead in the first set. The Chinese side fought hard to cut it to 16-15, before Turkey wrapped it up with a 9-4 run. The Chinese came back to win the second set, and eventually advanced to the championship with a victory in the deciding set.
Zhao Xi, China team, said, "We had to do our best, cause their second spikers are very tall. They are good at blocking."
The Chinese side celebrated with joyful tears after the semi-final, leaving Turkey with a bitter disappointment. China would move on to its first championship final against Germany.
This matchup favored the Chinese side, backed by an excited home-court crowd. China won the first set 25-21, but Germany fought back in the second. The German side erased an early 4-1 deficit to force a 12-all tie before finishing the set with a 6-2 burst that leveled the match. Germany then rode the momentum to take the third set and the championship. The team from Baotou No.1 middle school recorded China's best result with a silver medal.
Frank Prasser, Germany Head Coach, said, "Two of our important players were injured before this match. and we know that the home fans had high expectations for the Chinese team. They have fulfilled their expectations, but they were a bit nervous."
Brazil swept Turkey 3-0 in the match for third place and won the bronze medal.