China: Shanghai still on the top of Pool E.
In the two matches of the quarter-finals of the Chinese championship played this morning, the reigning champions of Shanghai recorded the fourth win in as many matches. In Round 5 (Round 2 of the quarterfinal stage), they defeated Jiangsu in four sets, partially 23:35, 25:20, 25:22, and 25:23. The opposite Wu Pengzhi was the top scorer for Shanghai with 24 points, including 4 aces. What might worry the Shanghai head coach Shen Qiong is that his starting setter Guo Cheng got injured in the opening set and couldn’t play the rest of the match.
In the other game, after exactly two hours of a play of which the first set took a large portion of it (35 minutes), Sichuan prevailed over Henan at tie break. The 36 points of the Chinese national team player Cui Jianjun were not enough, while Guo Shunxiang was the top scorer of the winning side with 25 points.
Quarterfinals – August 24
| Pool E |
Henan — Sichuan 2-3 (33:35, 15:25, 25:18, 25:21, 11:15)
Top Scorers: Cui Jianjun 36, Ii Yize 19, Li Yuanbo 8, Jiang Zhengyang 8;
Guo Shunxiang 25, Li Rui 20, Peng Shikun 15, Du Haixiang 10, Wang Zhaorui 8, Chen Xilong 8.
Shanghai — Jiangsu 3-1 (23:25, 25:20, 25:22, 25:23)
Top Scorers: Wu Pengzhi 24, Dai Qingyao 18, Fu Houwen 10;
Zhang Chen 10, Yuan Huilong 10.
| Pool F |
Dayoff: Zhejiang, Fujian, Beijing, Shandong
| Standings Pool E |
| Standings Pool F |
Formula: 1st phase (January 19, and August 20/22) with 13 teams divided into 4 pools. The best 2 teams from each pool qualify for the quarter-finals. Semi-finals on August 29. Final 1st-2nd place best-of-3 games (August 31, September 1, September 2).