FIVB Women’s Club Championship: Zhu Ting returns in easy win for Vakifbank

2018-12-05 07:01:17 GMT2018-12-05 15:01:17(Beijing Time) Sina English

China's national volleyball team captain Zhu Ting marked her return to home soil with 16 points as her club side, Vakifbank, got past Zhejiang 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 in straight sets in the opening game of the FIVB Women's Club World Championship on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old received a warm welcome from Chinese fans, who were backing the local side against Zhu’s Turkish club.

The home team took a 6-5 lead in the set but Ebrar Karakurt's serve leveled the score for the visiting side.

After a series of spikes and counter-attacks by both the teams, Zhu slammed one to get her side to set point and helped them eventually win it 25-20.

Zhu Ting (2nd, L) of Vakifbank Istanbul talks with teammates during the 2018 FIVB Women's Club World Championship match against Zhejiang on December 4, 2018. /VCG Photo  Zhu Ting (2nd, L) of Vakifbank Istanbul talks with teammates during the 2018 FIVB Women's Club World Championship match against Zhejiang on December 4, 2018. /VCG Photo

In the second set, the tourists took an early 6-3 lead and went on to consolidate it to 12-5 in no time. The Turkish club eventually won the set 25-13.

In the third, the home side continued to struggle as Zhu spiked to get Vakifbank off the mark in the set.

A straight-set victory was soon completed with a 25-13 win in the third set, helping the defending champions off to a winning start.

“I feel a bit different because I'm back to my home country, Zhu said after her side's victory. "I haven't played against a Chinese team for a while. It was very enjoyable, and we hoped we could give our best here.”

Source: CGTN

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