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    3-1 for the victory of the Tianjin team over the Shandong team in the final. I forgot to take note on the final scoreline but it ain't a tight match. The Tianjin team with its duo attackers Li Yingying and Wang Yizhu was too strong for its opponent.

    One may watch the final replay at Bili Bili video site:

    Final Match 20201002 - Tianjin vs Shandong

    20201002 女排决赛 天津vs山东

    TIANJIN Team --> The 6th time the team has won the National Women's Volleyball Championship.

    Li Yingying is the captain of the team

    SHANDONG Team --> The 4th time the team has won the second place in the National Women's Volleyball Championship. Shandong team has not yet won the first place.

    Song Meili seems to be the captain of the team

    JIANGSU Team --> the winner of the 3rd place this time

    Zhang Changning is the captain of the team

    The award ceremony is pretty quick and simple! It really means business!

    "Winning the Championship" (formerly known as "Chinese Women's Volleyball") Movie

    Our third and final trailer for the new sports movie “LEAP”, based on the life of coach "Jenny" Lang Ping played by Gong Li. It's a drama movie about the Chinese Women's Volleyball Team's journeys from the 1981 World Cup championship all the way to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Originally set to release during Chinese New Year in 2020 as one of the "Big 7" movie release, this now has a release date of September 25! It was formerly known as Zhongguo Nv Pai or Chinese Women's Volleyball Team and is now known by its new title: Winning the Championship 《夺冠》, while its international title is 'Leap'.

    This movie also stars members of the real 2016 Olympic Gold Medal winning team including the famous Zhu Ting (MVP 2016 Rio Olympics Games) and captain Hui Ruoqi.

    Genre Sports-themed film, Based on a True Story

    Director: Chen Kexin

    Starring: Gong Li, Huang Bo, Peng Yuchang, Wu Gang, Bai Lang (Lidya Bai, who is Lang Ping's daughter and only child)

    Original Title 夺冠: Zhong Guo Nu Pai 中国女排

    New Title: Winning the Championship 《夺冠》

    International Title: Leap

    The film has its premieres as follows:

    In mainland China it's released on 25 September as well as certain theatres in the US and Canada. Australia and New Zealand released it on 26 September while Singapore and Hong Kong will have the premieres on the October 1st, and Malaysia will be on 22 October.

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    The first day premiere of "Winning the Championship" (formerly known as "Chinese Women's Volleyball") movie at box office, the spirit of women's volleyball moved the fans. The film is based on the China women's national volleyball team's stories spread over more than 40 years.

    As a sports-themed film, "Winning the Championship" of course, there is no lack of intense and intense competition scenes. The film focuses on three wonderful volleyball matches, namely, the match between China and Japan in the third Women's Volleyball World Cup in 1981, the China vs. USA match in Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and China vs. Brazil match in Rio Olympics in 2016, which also connected the development process of Chinese women's volleyball team in nearly 40 years. At the same time, there are many literary plays in the film, which depict the mental process of Lang Ping and other folks and the intergenerational inheritance of Chinese women's volleyball team, and there is no lack of contemporary thinking on "Women's Volleyball Spirit".



    And an MV to serve as the movie's promotional video performed by a young Chinese singer and actor, Peng Yuchang 彭昱畅 who also plays in the film -- the song title is “A Hero Never Dies” 《真心英雄》

    Some cool film posters:

    The Chinese NT have finally concluded their training for this year. :super:


    In above family picture of 17 players, with Zhang Qian (MB) and Sun Yan (setter); minus Yan Ni, Zeng Chunlei, Mei Xiaohan (setter).

    Then in below family picture of the Chinese women's volleyball team, on vacation at the Great Wall, there are 18 players: with Yan Ni, Zeng Chunlei, Mei Xiaohan, yet minus Zhang Qian and Sun Yan.

    Recently, the Chinese women's volleyball team has finished the second phase of training. NEXT, waiting for the women's volleyball girls will be a HOLIDAY and the subsequent women's volleyball Super League.

    Basically there are 21 players of the Chinese women's volleyball team as the wide list under inspection:

    5 OH: Zhu Ting, Zhang Changning, Liu Xiaotong, Li Yingying, and Liu Yanhan

    7 MB: Yuan Xinyue, Yan Ni, Wang Yuanyuan, Hu Mingyuan, Yang Hanyu, Zhang Qian, and Zheng Yixin

    5 Setters: Diao Linyu, Ding Xia, Yao Di, Sun Yan, and Mei Xiaohan

    2 OP: Gong Xiangyu and Zeng Chunlei

    2 Libero: Wang Mengjie and Lin Li

    These 21 Chinese women's volleyball players will be the main roster for inspection this year, and are the framework of the team. But there is still one year away from the Tokyo Olympics. There are still hopeful stars in the league, and everyone has a chance.

    According to some rumors, Sun Yan (S), Ni Fei-fan (L) and Cao Ting-ting (MB) may, only may join the training camp of NT. Yan Ni (MB) will have a rest.

    The rumors are too many and I don't know which ones are right or wrong.

    In the second phase of the national training, there were some player mutations:

    - Mei Xiao-han (setter from Shandong) OUT

    - Ni Fei-fan (libero from Jiangsu) OUT

    - Sun Yan (setter from Jiangsu) IN

    - Zhang Qian (MB from Shandong) IN * NEW

    Born in 1997, Zhang Qian 张倩 is 1.93-meter tall. She is dubbed as xiao (little) Yanni. She and Yang Hanyu have a tacit understanding in the Shandong women's volleyball team, which is very good.

    Zhang Qian's good future in the national team can possibly be expected. One shouldn't underestimate Lang Ping's vision. Zhang is tall and has long arms and good bounce. This is an excellent condition for a volleyball player. If she has good understanding, she may grow into a great player with some training. Zhu, Yuan, Zhang are the good examples! At first no one paid attention at them in the beginning, but under Lang's supervision and nurture they're quickly turned from the uncut jades into the shiny, precious ones!

    Zhang Qian 张倩 (MB; 193cm; born 1997; Shandong VC)

    It happened that Lang Ping experimented with the trio Zhang-Gong-Li as the starters at the first two matches of the VNL 2019 Week 2 in Macau, both against Thailand and Belgium. However, in the last match against the South Korean team that week, Lang again had Zhu as starter as usual, Li was on the bench.

    CHINA vs. THAILAND - HIGHLIGHTS Women | Week 2 - Macao | Volleyball Nations League 2019 (full with CN commentary is here; FIVB World TV is here)

    Just re-watched the 2019 VNL at the FIVB World TV, and found this interesting, rare starting line-up by Lang Ping's A team.

    Played in Week 2 in Macau, these trio attackers Zhang Chang-ning, Gong Xiang-yu and Li Ying-ying were all fielded as starters plus the two main MBs: Yuan Xin-yue & Yan Ni. It's fascinating to watch Zhang (as OH1), Gong (OP) and Li (OH2) played along side by side during most of this match, while Zhu Ting was rested. Only later in the middle of set 3, Zhang was subbed by Liu, then Gong by Zeng a while later.

    Hope to see more such starting line-up again in appropriate matches in future, esp. in post-Tokyo Olympic matches, most likely in the VNL ones. I feel missing the VNL, a venue whereas teams may be cooking using various recipes with little pressure and consequences... makes me appreciate more the VNL event :-)

    CHINA vs. BELGIUM - HIGHLIGHTS Women | Week 2 - Macao | Volleyball Nations League 2019 (full with CN commentary is here)

    Some beautiful photos of Zheng Yi-xin  郑益昕 [187, b.1995] as posted by Sina Sports recently, that I happened to stumble across, the Fujian's Zhangzhou-born middle blocker of the Chinese national team.

    Just found some openly accessible link recently at the Tencent QQ Sports channel, with no geo-block restriction whatsoever!

    An exciting match that's inexplicably missing from the public view outside China ever since its staging about two years ago! 8o

    This particular match is very bizarrely banned in Youtube on the "Copylefts" ground, while viewers may find all other matches there!! This Solely Exceptional match has the "Olympics Quality" in that sense! :S

    The 2018 ASIAN GAMES - Women's Volleyball - Group Match CHINA vs SOUTH KOREA (CCTV Sports; 2018-08-23; Full Match)

    The South Korean team --played with full team minus Kim Hee-jin under the short-tenured head coach, Cha Hae-won; while the Chinese team was without Zhang Chang-ning either-- gave all-out fights throughout the explosive match!