May 30, 2023


Again alongside one another immediately after six several years, the Chinese topped the home team of Carol and Bárbara in the gold medal match in Brazil

Xia and Xue received the Itapema Challenge in their 1st event as associates given that 2016

Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia became the initial Chinese group to acquire gold at a Volleyball Earth Seaside Pro Tour Obstacle party with their victory in Itapema, Brazil, on Sunday.

Actively playing their 1st match collectively in far more than 6 yrs, the Olympians silenced the dwelling group at the Meia Praia Seashore and defeated leading-seeded Brazilians Carol Salgado and Bárbara Seixas 2- (21-18, 21-17) in the gold medal match. People in america Terese Cannon and Sarah Sponcil also manufactured it to the podium in the Itapema Obstacle, in 3rd position.

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The victory in Itapema was the third for the Chinese at the worldwide amount, with the 1st two getting occurred in their very first stint as associates, which lasted in between 2013 and 2016. Ten several years back, the 34-yr-aged Xue and the 26-year-aged Xia triumphed in FIVB Entire world Tour occasions in Phuket, Thailand, and Durban, South Africa. The two have now received 6 medals (3 golds, just one silver, two bronzes) in 21 worldwide gatherings.

Xia and Xue celebrate a issue all through the gold medal match

The victory in Durban ten several years back experienced been the last in Xue’s completed profession – she now has 18 global gold medals. A Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist and a 2013 earth winner, the Chinese star has struggled with a shoulder personal injury given that 2015 and entered the Itapema Problem just after approximately two yrs of inactivity.

“To be honest, we did not anticipate this outcome,” Xue commented. “We set a really real looking objective, which was producing it to the elimination rounds and then likely action by phase and I believe we did a excellent work here. Much more critical than the result right here was what we managed to do on the courtroom. After so several many years divided, each match has been a new encounter for us. We just needed to do our finest and contend.”

A Tokyo Olympian, Xia gained her fifth worldwide title this week in Itapema. Besides the triumphs with Xue in 2013, the defender also topped the podium in an FIVB World Tour party in Nantong, China, in 2017, and in previous year’s Seashore Pro Tour Leuven Futures, paired with Meimei Lin.

“Winning this gold medal right here was an superb start off for us getting our to start with match collectively right after so very long,” Xia added. “We fought for each and every ball and that&#8217s what took us listed here. We&#8217ll continue to do the job hard every working day and our goal is to maintain improving upon move by step.”

The Chinese duo received three of the initial 4 details of established one particular in the gold medal match, but Brazil arrived appropriate back again to regain the lead at 4-3. With Bárbara very active on the backcourt, the household staff acquired a two-place lead at 10-8, but it right away disappeared when Xue received a trickle ace at 11-11. The Olympic medallist experienced a different solid serving operate a several minutes later, having back again-to-back again aces to develop a 16-14 lead for the Asians. Xue came massive once again finding a block issue at 18-15 and a provide from Bárbara that stopped at the internet gave the Chinese the 21-18 get.

The Chinese carried their momentum into set two and won the initially 3 details played. The Asians ongoing on a roll and promptly created a 6-1 lead right after Xue registered an additional ace. The Brazilians stabilized their video game, but the Asians did not slow down both and experienced a 14-7 lead heading into the technical timeout soon after Carol hit out of bounds. 

The South Us residents had a very good run for the duration of the established and managed to reduce the deficit to two details at 19-17, but the Asians then scored the two factors they wanted and finished the match with a swing from Xue.

Bárbara hits all over Xue&#8217s block in Itapema

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Us citizens Cannon and Sponcil finished third in Itapema right after they topped Swiss qualifiers Zoé Vergé-Dépré and Esmée Böbner in straight sets (21-16, 21-17) in the bronze medal match. It was the third Beach front Pro Tour medal for the two, who took silver in previous year’s Cape City Elite16 and bronze in the Kuşadası Problem, also in 2022.

“We adore coming to Brazil to engage in,” Cannon spelled out. “It’s so exciting, they have the greatest lovers in the entire world. Thank you for looking at and cheering, it is awesome.”

Brazilians, Chinese and People in america at the podium at the Meia Praia Beach

Before, in the semifinals, the Brazilians defeated the Swiss in two sets (21-15, 21-17) whilst the Chinese required the tie-breaker (21-15, 18-21, 21-19) to conquer the Us residents.

The Beach front Professional Tour continues in Brazil for another week, with the competitors shifting north to Saquarema, the host metropolis of up coming week’s Problem event, which will transpire from Thursday to Sunday.

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