Utah's Shelby Dalton (left) pictured with the top Chinese player.
June 25, 2013
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All-Star Tour: Pac-12 Team Takes Set, Loses Match to China's Top Squad
The Pac-12 All-Star Volleyball team, which includes Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere and junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton played a match in Beijing. The squad took the first set from Tianjin, China's top team, but could not avoid a four-set loss (25-23, 26-28, 19-25, 23-25) at the University Students' Gymnasium.
Oregon's Liz Brenner was honored as the player of the match with 13 kills and 12 digs. Inky Ajanaku from Stanford continued to anchor the offense with 16 kills as Oregon setter Lauren Plum posted 52 assists.
The slow-starting Tianjin team, which includes three national team players, dropped the first set and trailed 22-15 in the second set before serving and passing errors plagued the Conference team. The momentum shift was maintained by the Chinese in the third set, but the Pac-12 squad jumped out early in the fourth with a 14-8 lead. Ajanaku stifled the opponent at the net, putting the lead at 20-18. An ace serve for the Chinese team tied the score at 22, and the match was finished in short order.
In over 17 sets played to date, the Pac-12 team has lost seven by two points.
The Pac-12 won its pool by score comparison over the USA development team traveling on the tour and will play the August 1 team it lost to on Sunday evening again Tuesday for the Beijing tournament championship. The match will be covered on China Central Television.
After the match, the team met with Beijing University students for a cultural exchange and to talk about their different backgrounds.
Thirteen players from around the league will compete in two more matches against Chinese teams, while having a chance in between practices and matches to visit some of China's most prominent landmarks and cities, such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
The tour wraps up on June 27, with the team returning to Los Angeles on June 28.
Match Schedule and Results
Huaian City: Huaian Stadium
June 19 6 p.m. Local - Jejiang def. Pac-12 All Stars, 3-0 (22-25, 18-25, 14-25)
June 20 5 p.m. Local - Jejiang Junior Team vs. Pac-12 All Stars (Scrimmage)
June 21 7:30 p.m. Local - Jingsu def. Pac-12 All-Stars, 3-1 (13-25, 23-25, 25-15, 24-26)
Beijing: Beijing University Students' Gymnasium
June 23 7:30 p.m. Local - Tianjin def. Pac-12 All-Stars (25-23, 26-28, 19-25, 23-25)
June 24 7:30 p.m. Local - August 1 vs. Pac-12 All-Stars
June 25 5 p.m./7:30 p.m. Local - TBD