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China’s Rio 2016 MVP Zhu Ting. © FIVB

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China’s Asian Games champs announce FIVB world championship squad

Date : 25 Sep 2018

Beijing, China, September 25, 2018: China has unveiled a 14-member squad for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Japan as big names Zhu Ting and Zhang Changning spearhead a team including 10 world championship rookies, reports Xinhua.

"For many players in our squad, this is their first World Championship. They don't have much experience to deal with the pressure from the opponents. Veterans that have played in the Olympics need to rise to the occasion when needed," Jenny Lang Ping, coach of the Chinese national team, said on Monday.

The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship will start on September 29. During the tournament, 24 teams from five continents will compete against each other in 103 matches, hoping to be crowned champion on October 20.

The teams are divided into four groups of six. After the first round played in a round-robin system in four different cities, the top four teams of each group will advance to the second round.

China, the reigning Olympic champions and 18th Asian Games champions in Jakarta recently, was drawn into Group B together with Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada and Cuba. The group will be based in Sapporo.

The squad is:

Outside spikers: Zhu Ting, Zhang Changning, Li Yingying

Middle blockers: Yuan Xinyue, Yan Ni, Hu Mingyuan, Yang Hanyu

Opposite hitters: Gong Xiangyu, Zeng Chuanlei

Setters: Ding Xia, Yao Di

Liberos: Lin Li, Wang Mengjie

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