News from the Chinese Nationalteam
New Chinese Women's National Team Formed
Beijing, China, March 1, 2007 --The Chinese Vollellyball Association announced here on Wednesday the 18-member roster for the new national women’s volleyball team, with Chen Zhonghe remaining the head coach and Yu Juemin as.assistant coach
Eye-catchng setter Feng Kun and middle blocker Zhao Ruirui are left of the line-up as they are now pursing medical treatment in the United States. However they will certainly join the national team after their recovery.
Fourteen out of the 18 players will start training in a closed camp in Southeastean Province of Fujian from March 5. The four reserve players will not participate in the first leg training.
The 14 players are as follows:
Setters: Wei Qiuyue (18 years old), Han Xu (19),
Opposites: Zhou Suhong (27), Li Juan (24),
Wing Spikers: Wang Yimei (19), Yang Hao (26), Zhang Yuehong (32), Sun Xiaoqing (22),
Middle Blockers: Xu Yunli (19), Xue Ming (20), Liu Yanan (26), Ma Yunwen (20),
Libro: Zhang Na (26), Zhang Xian (22)
Veteran player Zhang Yuehong from Liaoning province is recruited to the national women’s team again after two years when she quit the national team in the wake of the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she helped China struggle to re-capture the gold after a 20-year wait.
Zhang’s town mate Chu Jinling has also been replaced by Sun Xiaoqing from the army’s team. Chu Jinling has reportedly been sent off the team for not being fit enough in previous matches.
The two setters Wei Qiuyue and Han Xu are very young and joined the national team for the first time.
In an interview with China Central Television Station (CCTV), a CVA official said it’s not the final squad for the Beijing Olympics next year, indicating further changes will be probably made to achieve a perfect lineup.
well, im interested to see how the team will change during the time till Beijing and also how the team will participate in all the other tournaments! Cos right now i dont know how to rate the team at all :?