Women's Club Worlds in numbers: Chinese players dominate scoring
Zhu Ting of VakifBank Istanbul was top scorer of the FIVB Women's Club World Championship for the third time in the history of the competition.
The 24-year-old outside hitter tops the list for the third time, after 2013 in Zurich for Guangdong Evergrande and 2016 in Manila also for VakifBank, but came five points short of her own all-time record of 103. She is the only player to appear more than once in the all-time list.
Liu Yanhan of Zhejiang Women's Volleyball Club was the second highest scorer of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship behind Zhu Ting.
List of overall best scorers by year (since the introduction of the rally scoring system):
2010 (Doha): Katarzyna Skowronska (POL), Fnerbahce Istanbul (TUR) - 67 points
2011 (Doha): Natasa Osmokrovic (CRO), Rabita Baku (AZE) - 70 points
2012 (Doha): Sheilla Castro (BRA), Sollys Nestle Osasco (BRA) - 57 points
2013 (Zurich): Zhu Ting (CHN), Guangdon Evergrande Guangzhu (CHN) - 80 points
2014 (Zurich): Ekaterina Gamova (RUS), Dinamo Kazan (RUS) - 85 points
2015 (Zurich): Olesia Rykhliuk (BLR), Volero Zurich (SUI) - 93 points
2016 (Manila): Zhu Ting (CHN), VakifBank Istanbul (TUR) - 103 points
2017 (Kobe): Nataliya Goncharova (RUS), Dinamo Moscow (RUS) - 100 points
2018 (Shaoxing): Zhu Ting (CHN), VakifBank Istanbul (TUR) - 98 points
Teams played four matches in each tournament 2010 to 2015, five matches each since 2016
But it was another Chinese outside hitter, 25-year-old Liu Yanhan, who did get in the record books after scoring 34 points for hosts Zhejiang Women's Volleyball Club against France's Volero Le Cannet.
She becomes the seventh person in the history of the Women's Club World Championship to make the list of players who have scored 30 points or more in a single match and ties the all-time record of Russia's Ekaterina Gamova for Dinamo Kazan against Brazil's Sesi Sao Paulo from 2014.
Brazil's Natalia Pereira with 31 points for Belo Horizonte's Minas Tenis Clube against Eczacibasi was the only other player to make the list this year.
In individual skills, Serbia's Tijana Boskovic may have sat out the bronze medal match, but overall she registered 69 kills in 132 swings for a 52.27% efficiency and topped the best attackers list for the second year in a row. Last year in Kobe the 21-year-old opposite of Eczacibasi had finished the tournament on a 52.00% efficiency (78/150).
Tijana Boskovic looks at her coach in disbelief as Eczacibasi Istanbul get knocked out in the semifinal of the 2018 FIVB Women's Club World Championship - but still emerges top attacker of the competition.
However, the record to beat in attacking remains 56.94% (41/72) held by Brazil's Thaisa Menezes for Sollys Nestle Osasco since 2012 in Doha.
In blocking at Shaoxing it was Zhejiang's Yang Hanyu who shone above the rest with 1.14 stuffs per set (24 in absolute numbers from five matches). This remains short of the all-time best held from last year by Croatia's Maja Poljak for Dinamo Moscow with an average of 1.56 stuffs per set (28 in five matches).
Altay's Sana Anarkulova in action, on her way to emerging joint best server of the 2018 FIVB Women's Club World Championship
And for the first time in the history of the competition two players shared pole position in the best servers category: Kazakhstan's Sana Anarkulova for Altay Volleyball Club and Turkey's Gamze Alikaya for Eczacibasi each served seven aces in five matches for an identical average of .39 per set.
The all-time serving record, however, still belongs to Turkey's Bahar Toksoy who served eight aces in four matches in 2012 in Doha for VakifBank - an average of .67 per set.
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