Roundup: Tianjin overcomes Shandong in 2021-2022 Chinese women's volleyball league opening round

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JIANGMEN, China, Nov.25 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions Tianjin overcame Shandong, while Liaoning upset Jiangsu with a straight-sets victory in the opening day of the 2021-2022 Chinese women's volleyball league here on Thursday.

With Du Qingqing and Song Meili both performed well, Shandong started their first set smoothly but Tianjin's overseas player Melissa Vargas then dominated the following sets to thrash Shandong's blocking effort.

The defending champions Tianjin eventually won the game 3-1 (20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-8). Melissa Vargas got the incredible game-high 30 points while Chinese national team spiker Li Yingying donated 20 points. Du Qingqing got Shandong's highest 12 points.

Without key scorer Zhang Changning, last season's runner-up Jiangsu was upset by Liaoning 3-0 (25-19,25-20,25-15).

Liaoning has four players scored double-digit and Sun Xiaoxuan grabbed the game's high 17 points. Jiangsu's Gong Xiangyu donated her team's highest 10 points.

The opener of this season saw Fujian defeated Henan 3-0, in which the score of the second set climbed to the significant high 33-31.

Other games on Thursday saw Zhejiang smashed Hebei 3-0, Yunnan beat Sichuan 3-0 and Shenzhen overcame Beijing 3-1. Enditem

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