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Chinese Beach Volleyball Duo Advance Further
    2008-08-12 11:56:20     Xinhua

Chinese beach volleyball men's duo Wu Penggen/Xu Linyin scored their second preliminary victory at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday.

They beat Estonian rivals Rivo Vesik and Kristjan Kais 2-1.

In the first set, the Chinese duo was outscored by the rivals from the beginning due to failures in organizing attacks and the rivals' water-tight defense also held back the host team. The first set ended 15-21.

The hosts improved their combination in the second set and the 2-meter-tall Xu Linyin showed his advantage at the net, ending the set 21-11.

The Estonians tried further in the third set to find ways to resist attacks of the much taller rivals but the host team was in a stable form. The third was set 15-13 in favor of the Chinese.

"We were a little strained at first and the defense of the rivals also exerted big pressure," commented the 1.98-meter Wu on their first set loss.

"In the next two sets, we bettered our organization and it worked," he added.

"In next matches we'll play in a more relaxed way and play to our best standard," said Wu.

They are to meet Spain's Herrera/Mesa, expected to be a harder rival, in the next preliminary on Thursday.

As the only Chinese men's team to have qualified for the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese pair are considered a medal contender. They clinched five silver medals and two bronzes on the World Tour.

 
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