International Volleyball



Brazil the new world’s number one team as China upset Türkiye 

Playing in front of over 10,000 fans in Hong Kong in the Volleyball Nations League, the Asians downed the Europeans in a thrilling five-setter

Chinese players celebrate their huge win over reigning VNL champions Türkiye

Eleven months after getting to first place in the FIVB World Rankings following a victory over China in the Volleyball Nations League gold medal match, Türkiye were taken down from the top spot by the same opponents on Saturday in Hong Kong. With that, Brazil are now the top team in the Rankings.

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Playing in front of over 10,000 of their home fans in the third week of the Preliminary Phase of the VNL 2024, the Chinese fed from the incredible atmosphere at the Hong Kong Coliseum and staged an unlikely comeback, beating the defending champions in one of the most exciting matches of the tournament so far.

The result cost the Turkish 8.24 World Ranking points, bringing their total down to 383.93 and making Brazil pass them for the top spot, with 389.93. The Europeans will have a chance to immediately return to first place as they’re set to face the undefeated South Americans on Sunday in Hong Kong at 17:00 local time (9:00 GMT), with the winners entering the Paris Olympics as the top-seeded women’s national team.

Besides serving as revenge for last year’s defeat in the VNL gold medal match, Sunday’s victory also confirmed China’s presence in the 2024 VNL Finals as the Asians got to 23 points (eight wins) in the VNL standings and are guaranteed among the top seven national teams at the end of the Preliminary Phase. The triumph also adds to what was an already special week for the Chinse, who won all three matches they played in Hong Kong so far and also booked their tickets to the Paris Games.

Keeping superstar Zhu Ting on the bench during the entire match, China relied on fellow outside hitter Li Yingying and she delivered, scoring a team-high 25 points, with 20 kills, three aces and two blocks. The Chinese also got 28 points from their middle blocker duo, with Wang Yuanyuan registering 17 (14 kills, three blocks) and Yuan Xinyue adding another 11, with seven kills and four blocks.

“Being able to beat a strong team like Türkiye is amazing,” team captain Yuan commented. “We had to fight them very hard to come back and the victory is the…

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