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Shanghai beats Beijing, advances to final

03-05-2012 11:36 BJT

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The Chinese Men's Volleyball League is moving into its final round. Shanghai faced Beijing on Sunday, and the capital's club faced a tall order to surpass its rival and advance to the last two.

Beijing needed to shut out Shanghai in sets-won, and compile a points differential of more than 15 to reach the final round. This season marked Beijing’s first time in the final eight, so the squad played without a lot of pressure on its shoulders.

Beijing used solid team play and highlighted scorer Wang Chen. He racked-up 16 points in the previous match against Shanghai, and was just named to the newly-announced China National Men’s Volleyball team for the first time. Wang and Beijing outlasted Shanghai in the first set, 25-22.

The favorites only needed to keep it close, and Shanghai used its experience to wear Beijing down. Shanghai’s key players average 30 years of age, but all of them had the ability to score. They sealed the overall victory by winning the second set, and went on to top Beijing in the third set as well. Shanghai advanced to the men’s volleyball final.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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