China's team members celebrate a point during the women's preliminary pool A volleyball match against Cuba at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 13, 2008.
Cuba staged an inspiring comeback from two sets down to outgun defending champion China in five sets on Tuesday in women's volleyball. The two teams, both unbeatable after two preliminary rounds, need to win this match to ensure a better position in the quarterfinals. Rosir Calderon and China's Wang Yimei are best scorers of the two teams, both contributing 26 points. It's the fourth clash between host China and the three-time Olympic champion Cuba since the Swiss Grand Prix in June and Cuba won two of the three matches.
The Cubans displayed incredible jumping to spike devastatingly at the net to lead 4-3 at the opener.
China still dominated the second set after Cuba became more prone with unforced serving and spiking errors. China still controlled the game at the first half of the third set to lead 15-11, when Cuba found their rhythm to stage a stunning 8-0 run to take over lead 19-15 with ace serves and high spikes from the left side of the court. The fourth set turned out to be a tit-for-tat battlefield and the distance between the two team never exceeded two points, but China managed to take the match points 24-23.
Glittering Calderon exhibited her mighty spikes to save four match points, but it was five-time Olympian Ruiz, who scored three consecutive points, to break a 29-29 tie and clinch the match point for Cuba.
In the decider, China squandered an early led 3-0 and Cuba reinforced its defense to exchange lead with China in turns. We will support groups, events, awareness programs and campaigns to promote a better world! Volleywood’s special coverage of the world’s most prestigious volleyball tournaments like the World League, Grand Prix & FIVB tourneys!
After a disappointing performance at the 2010 World Championship & at the 2011 World Grand Prix, Hui Ruoqi, Wang Yimei, Ma Yunwen and Team China played a brilliant tournament at the  2011 World Cup wherein they managed to win the bronze medal and also a spot at the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London. Therefore, they truly deserve to be awarded as the Best Team at the 2011 CCTV Sports Personality Awards in Beijing. According to the FIVB, “the annual CCTV Sports Awards, recognized as the Chinese version of the Laureus World Sports Awards, is seen as one of the top events on the the Chinese sporting calendar. We have a feeling China is going to be a threat in London together with Japan who is expected to qualify at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in May. On behalf of all the volleyball fans from all over the world, we’d like to congratulate Team China!

China's players celebrate a point against South Korea during their women's Group B volleyball match at Earls Court during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012.
LONDON - China beat Asian arch rival South Korea 3-2 to make into women's volleyball event of the London Olympics on Sunday. China won the match 28-16, 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10 with impressive blocking and stunning performances of super substitution Zeng Chunlei. The first set started close when the two sides tie 4-4, when South Korea led 19-9 with a 15-5 run. The teams traded blows, and opposite spiker Zhang Lei helped China save three set points to tie 26-26.
The second set mirrored the opener, with more errors from China and the spiking of South Korean Yang Hyo-jin and Kim Hee-jin the difference. Kim Yeon-koung wasted another chance to end the set with a out-of-court spike, but a serve-out from China's Jun surrendered the set 22-25 to South Koreans. China edged ahead 12-11 in the third set and stretched the advantage 23-16 with lierbo Zhang Xian pulled off some great defensive moves and Chu and another wing hitter Hui Ruoqi spiked well. South Korea pulled back three points again with shining Kim Yeon-koung kills and block, but Chu and Hui's spiking influence was telling. The fourth set saw the teams tied 10-all, when the two Kims gave South Korea a healthy lead 19-12, and they ran away with the set, 25-22. Besides South Korea, China play in the same pool with defending champion Brazil, world No 1 US, Turkey and Serbia. Members of the new Chinese women's national volleyball team listen to coach's instruction during their group training, in Chenzhou, central China's Hunan Province, May 7, 2009. A coach (R) instructs the players of the new Chinese women's national volleyball team during their training in Chenzhou, central China's Hunan Province, May 7, 2009.
A player collects balls during the training of the new Chinese women's national volleyball team in Chenzhou, central China's Hunan Province, May 7, 2009.
Members of the new Chinese women's national volleyball team in their group training, in Chenzhou, central China's Hunan Province, May 7, 2009. The newly-formed China women's national volleyball team was opened to the media coverage, including close-range photo-taking and video-taping, after a month long closed intensive training session. Their powerful serves also caused great troubles to our reception," said China's head coach Chen Zhonghe. However, Cuba's high jumpers were proved a cut above the host, especially on defending in the latter part of the match.

From then on, however, they made chains of serve and spike errors to help China take over lead 8-6. Since a 8-8 draw, China launched a brilliant 14-4 run to improve to 22-12, thanks to the devastating spikes and powerful serves of its wing spiker Wang Yimei and middle blocker Ma Yunwen.
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Jung Dae-young and Han Song-yi hit kills for South Korea and Kim Yeon-koung devastated China's receives with powerful jump serves.
Kim Yeon-koung pulled back one point with an unanswered spike, but middle blocker Xu Yunli gave the set, and the match 15-10 with a drop. Italy, Russia, Japan, Algeria, the Dominican Republic and host Britain make up the other six-team pool.
Find general information on life, culture and travel in China through our news and special reports or find business partners through our online Business Directory. The Chinese continued their unchallenged run to capture the set 25-18 with fast attack and solid defense. This award is a great encouragement for the women’s volleyball team and we will make an even harder effort to prepare for the Olympic Games so as to repay your support.” according to Coach Yu Juemin  at the awarding ceremony.
But, the Chinese collected themselves and staged a brilliant 10-2 run to come back 19-21, when wing spiker Chu Jinling A attack from left court and South Korean's top score Kim was in the back front.
Kim Hee-jin took the set point 24-19 for South Korea, when China save three set points with middle blocker Xu Yunli's kill and block. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form.

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