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FIVB Men's World Cup: China slump to Argentina 3-0

12-05-2011 10:44 BJT

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China's men's volleyball team played out its string of matches at the FIVB World Cup on Sunday. The Chinese met Argentina for their final game, and looked to improve on a woeful 1-and-9 won-loss record in the tournament.

China went into the match with a slightly better head-to-head record against the South Americans. The first set was a very close one, but the Argentinians managed to break China's defense and enjoyed a narrow lead.

Argentina reached set point first, and China hit a spike wide, give the first set to Argentina, 25-23. The second set proved to be a thriller. Neither side could pull away and the set featured some spectacular plays.

The young Chinese team shredded the Argentine front line, and the teams kept the pressure on. The score reached 30-29, set point for Argentina. The South Americans finally delivered the set's knockout punch and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

China kept fighting through the third set, but Argentina stayed solid and maintained a narrow advantage. Then the Chinese fell victim to the Argentine attack and let the South American side stretch its lead. Argentina won the set 25-18, and closed out China 3-sets-to-none.

The Chinese men ended their World Cup campaign second to last among all 12 teams with 1 win and 10 losses. Head coach Zhou Jian'an was not disappointed, despite the loss.

Zhou Jian'an, China head coach, said, "I'm very satisfied with the entire match. I think the players displayed their best effort. Our players completed the mission for our final game. A win or loss would not affect our overall ranking. But the team cherished the opportunity and did their utmost to win."

The Chinese men ended their World Cup campaign second to last among all 12 teams with 1 win
and 10 losses. Head coach Zhou Jian'an was not disappointed, despite the loss.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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