China: Shandong last semifinalist. Beijing out!
The quarter-finals of the 2019/20 Chinese championship ended today. After Jiangsu and Shanghai, the remaining two teams that secured advancement to the playoff semifinals are Shandong and Zhejiang.
Actually, these two met in the last round of the quarterfinal stage in Pool F and Shandong’s win in straight sets (25:14, 25:18, 25:21) was the outcome that went into the favor of both. Zhai Dejun was the top scorer for the winning side, who claimed the top spot in the pool, with 12 points, while Zhang Donzheng made 4 winning blocks. Today, Fujian couldn’t count on their top scorer Zhang Jingyin, who was given a chance to fully heal the injury and get ready for the semifinals.
Due to the above-mentioned result, vice-champions Beijing are out of the battle for the title. They achieved a victory against Fujian of 3-0 but won’t be taking part in the playoff semifinals for the first time since their debut in Superleague, in 2010/11 season.
Semifinals start tomorrow: Jiangsu will face Zhenjiang, while Shandong will play against Shanghai.
| Quarterfinals | August 28 |
| Pool E |
Dayoff: Shanghai, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Henan
| Pool F |
Shandong — Zhejiang 3-0 (25:14, 25:18, 25:21)
Top Scorers: Zhai Dejun 12, Zhang Dongzheng 9, Gao Zhuang 8, Geng Xin 8;
Li Yongzhen 10, Jin Zhihong 8.
Fujian — Beijing 0-3 (21:25, 14:25, 17:25)
Top Scorers: Chen Zuodong 7, Cheng Hu 6, Shi Jingeng 6;
Zhang Binglong 16, Liu Libin 14, Jiang Chuan 12, Gu Jiafeng 8.
| 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).