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Tian carries China past Argentina in tie-break

 
Riffa, Bahrain, August 26, 2017 - China outlasted Argentina in the decider (25-23, 24-26, 25-22, 23-25, 18-16) in Saturday’s classification match for 9th-12th place at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at Isa City Sports Hall.

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Captain Cong Tian carried the Chinese side to victory with 22 points from 18 attacks, three service aces and a block. Luciano Palonsky posted the same number of points as Argentina’s top scorer.

The close match featured teams which were nearly parallel in the capability to win. China played good floor defence to spark their offensive runs, while Argentina imposed their defence more by the net. The Asian side forged good momentum with setter Bolin Wei running a well-balanced offence. He enabled both the wing and middle attack. Argentina fought back to force a decider by shutting down their opponents’ spikes with crucial blocks. In the fifth set, China raced to a 4-1 lead, but the South American side persisted in their reception to inch closer. The Chinese side played more steadily, taking advantage of their opponents’ errors to seal the final set to their favour.

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