The 2020 National Women's Volleyball Championship entered its final day today. The championship battle of this year's championship will be launched between the veteran powerhouse Tianjin and the newly emerging Shandong. This is the first time the two teams competed in the finals of the championships after a lapse of 3 years after 2017. Tianjin will work hard for the sixth gold medal in the championship in team history, and Shandong will make its first championship for the third time in four years. Tianjin is experienced and Shandong is young and aggressive. Who can become the strongest champion of the championship in recent years?
Since the women's volleyball championship was included in the major national volleyball competition in 1980, Tianjin has won the championship five times and achieved four consecutive championships in one fell swoop from 2003 to 2007. Compared with Tianjin's 5 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes in the event, Shandong's results in the National Championships are relatively inferior, with 3 silver and 3 bronze medals each. Tianjin and Shandong met in the final of the 2017 National Championships. At that time, Tianjin defeated their opponents 3-1 and won the team's fifth championship in the event.
This year's National Championship Tianjin stumbled in the group stage, and was picked by Shanghai and Jiangsu to only rank third. After reviving Jiangsu 3-2 in the semi-finals, he entered the finals of the championship after a lapse of 3 years. Shandong is the only team to remain undefeated this time. In the semifinals, it counterattacked Shanghai 3-1, showing a strong resistance. Tianjin is a traditional strong team. Shandong has risen in recent years. The battle between Jinlu and Lu can be called a duel of the old and new forces in the domestic volleyball arena.
Tianjin captured its long-time rival Jiangsu in the semi-finals. The main attacker Li Yingying performed brilliantly. In response to Yu Yunwei's imminent order, he also played at the offensive end. Shandong can counterattack Shanghai to advance to the finals, and the national secondary offensive line composed of Yang Hanyu and Zhang Qian played a key role. Tianjin has the background and absolute strength; Shandong has the momentum and the lineup is thick. With the current lineup configuration, the overall strength of the two powers of Tianjin and Lu is in the middle. Tianjin is more experienced, more adaptable and better at handling difficult balls.
Tianjin has an absolute strong point, Li Yingying, and the team's tactical design mainly revolves around her. Although there are many national players in Shandong, they lack an attacker who has the ability to fix the sound. They mainly rely on overall play. In the semi-finals, Tianjin relied on Li Yingying to score a 30+ high score and narrowly beat Jiangsu; Shandong and Shanghai's 5 attackers averaged double figures. Whether the Jinlu and Lu teams can maximize their advantages is the key to affecting the finals.
Shandong has reached the finals three times in the past four championships, and lost to the top two teams in Tianjin and Shanghai in 2017 and 2018. For the third time in 4 years, it will be the first championship of the National Championships. If the Shandong women's volleyball team wants to do so, it is very important to limit Tianjin's top spot, Li Yingying. In the past two years, Li Yingying has improved in first pass, offense and game driving. To restrain her performance, Shandong's network port resistance is extremely demanding, and Yang Hanyu and Zhang Qian, the deputy attackers of the two countries, are even more responsible. In the semi-finals of this championship, Tianjin’s main attacker Li Yingying and Shandong’s counterpart Sun Jie are the top scorers of their respective teams. Can the two of the finals continue to be strong?
The battle between Jinlu and Lu is the most concerned network port of the three national secondary attackers. Tianjin’s Wang Yuanyuan, Shandong’s Yang Hanyu and Zhang Qian have all entered the national training team this year. At a time when the battle for the third vice attack of the Chinese women's volleyball team is not yet fully clear, every confrontation between the three of them across the net has attracted wide attention. Wang Yuanyuan's performance in the group stage to challenge the Shanghai and Soviet two finalists has been criticized, and her state has improved after entering the knockout round. Yang Hanyu and Zhang Qian performed well in the semifinals, and the latter scored 8 points just by blocking. In the finals, who is more brilliant against the three players?
In the battle between Tianjin and Shandong, the mutual containment of the two teams on the sending and receiving is equally important. In the semifinals, Yang Yi, who was injured in the semifinals, can play the main role in the final is still uncertain. Tianjin's current lineup has intensified shortcomings. Although Shandong has the support of national team freeman Wang Mengjie, the stability of the first pass of the side attack is average, and the main attacker Du Qingqing will fluctuate greatly when he is pursued. Trying to ensure the relative stability of the first pass is a challenge for both parties.
Tianjin is returning to the finals of the National Championships for the first time in 3 years, aiming to fight for the sixth crown to lead the gold medal list; Shandong has challenged the championships for the third time in 4 years, eager to achieve a historic breakthrough. I hope that the two teams will join hands in a wonderful matchup in the final. (Caucasus)