China beat Brazil in men's Volleyball Nations League

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-06-13 10:41
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China's Li Yongzhen (No 9) and Zhang Guanhua (No 19) defend against Brazil during the men's 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday. [Photo/Xinhua]

BRASILIA - China secured their first victory of the men's 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) on Sunday by overcoming hosts and defending champions Brazil 25-23, 31-29, 25-23.

Outside hitter Zhang Jingyin led the scoring with 25 points, including 22 kills, two aces and one block, while Zhang Guanhua contributed nine points and Li Yongzhen seven points.

"This is a big victory for our team, it's very encouraging," outside hitter Yuan Dangyi said. "We entered the match determined to do our best but we knew Brazil were the No. 1 team in the world and very strong opponents."

He added: "I think today we played better and that's why we won. Each of us was focused on our own roles and that was very important. We'd love to play Brazil again because they're so strong."

Brazil's top scorer was Alan Souza with 19 points, followed by Flavio Resende (13 points) and Lucas Staatkamp (12 points).

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