"From 2017 to 2019, through the FIVB Projects Platform, FIVB approved a total of 80 projects for Asia (including Oceania) out of 87 applications. This is a huge approval rate of 92 percent," said the FIVB president.
Xu, Liang and Zhang Manman got Jiangsu off to a quick start and combined for 21 first-quarter points, but Xinjiang withstood the trio's attack to tie the scores at 21-21 thanks to Wang Lili's 10 points.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a return during the women's singles semifinal match against Sofia Kenin of the United States at the French Open tennis tournament 2020 at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Oct. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
"I was under doubt before the match. But it's true that my level of confidence and tennis have been improving every single day during the whole tournament," said Nadal. "Of course I played at an amazing level of tennis, for two sets and a half I played great. I can't say another thing. It's impossible to have this score against him without playing great."
Chen Meng of Shandong celebrates during the women's singles final match against Sun Yingsha of Hebei at the 2020 Chinese National Table Tennis Championships in Weihai, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)
Vasco dropped to 10th in the standings, having lost four of their past five fixtures.
The 29-year-old is expected to start for the five-time world champions when they meet Bolivia in Sao Paulo on Friday and Peru in Lima next Tuesday in the opening two rounds of South America's 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
"The players will have several days off after the league ends. Then we will have the first training session at Xianghe national training center near Beijing, mainly for recovery. The second phase will be a one-month camp focusing on honing techniques and tactics. In the third phase, we will warm up on home turf for the game," he said.
The second quarter was contested more fiercely, with many body contacts and fouls. Fujian managed a three-point advantage at half-time.
"If I gave up at first, I would not have got the chance at a later stage," she pointed out.
Both wearing the No. 15 jersey, Xu and Xinjiang's Liu Tongyi shone on the offensive end in the third quarter. Xu scored seven straight points, while Liu drained two 3-pointers coupled with a jumper. Jiangsu went up 66-60 after three quarters.