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Zhu Ting (Chinese: 朱婷; pinyin: Zhū Tíng; born 29 November 1994) is a Chinese professional female volleyball player.[1] She is the Outside Hitter and Captain of the Chinese women's volleyball national team,[2] and currently plays for Turkish club Vakıfbank Istanbul. She is the gold medalist of 2016 Olympic Games and 2015 World Cup. Zhu has been awarded 10 MVP awards at all levels of competition since her debut in 2011, including the MVP award of Rio Olympic Games 2016.

Zhu Ting
TING ZHU China team for Volleyball (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Nationality Chinese
Born (1994-11-29) November 29, 1994 (age 23)
Dancheng, Henan
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Spike 327 cm (129 in)
Block 300 cm (118 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside hitter
Current club Vakıfbank Spor Kulübü
Number 2 (national team), 5 (club)
Career
YearsTeams
2012–2013China Guangdong Evergrande
2013–2016China Henan Huawei
2016–Turkey Vakıfbank Spor Kulübü
National team
2013–China China
Last updated: December 2017

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Personal lifeEdit

Zhu Ting was born to a rural family in Henan Province. She has four sisters (two older sisters and two younger sisters) and her parents do not have any sports backgrounds.

In 2007, 13 year-old Zhu, who was 1.7m tall then, was sent to a sports training school by her high school physical education teacher. In 2008, she started professional volleyball training in the Henan Province sports school.

CareerEdit

Junior National TeamEdit

After training professionally for two years, Zhu was selected to be in the Chinese Junior national team in 2010. She participated in 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship and won silver medal with the team. In 2012, she entered U20 team and won 2012 Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship champion title, she was awarded the MVP title for the first time. In 2013, she continued to represent China U20 national team and joined 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship, helping the team win champion. Continuing a high standard of performance, she was eventually awarded the MVP, Best Scorer and Best Spiker of the tournament.

Senior National Team and ClubsEdit

2013Edit

Zhu entered the Chinese senior national volleyball team for the first time in 2013, having been handpicked by Lang Ping , widely regarded as one of the best coaches in professional volleyball, who returned as the head coach of the team that year. Zhu participated in her first tournament in 2013 Montreux Volley Masters. Although the Chinese team finished in sixth place, Zhu was awarded the Best Scorer of the tournament. She then rose to prominence at the 2013 FIVB U20 World Championship, where she helped the Chinese U20 team to win the title without losing a set. Zhu was rewarded MVP and Best Outside Spiker in the tournament. Playing her first Grand Prix at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, she helped the team win the silver medal, the first for the team in six years. Zhu was rewarded Best Outside Spiker of the tournament on her first appearance for the senior team. Following which, she participated in the 2013 Club World Championship with Guangdong Evergrande winning the bronze medal after defeating Voléro Zürich.[3]

2014Edit

As core player, Zhu led the Chinese team to silver medal in the2014 FIVB World Championship, its best result in 16 years. The Chinese team went through the first two stages with only one loss to the Italian Team. At the third stage, the Chinese team was crushed by the Brazilian Team in straight sets and faced the Dominican Republic Team. The Chinese team managed to turn the tables from being two sets down to eventually winning 22–25, 23–25, 25–23, 25–23, 15–12, successfully advancing to the semifinals. At the semifinals, China successfully avenged their loss at the second stage by defeating Italian team 3-1 to reach the final. In this match, Zhu scored an impressive 32 points. At the final the Chinese team lost to the American Team 1-3. At the tournament Zhu was awarded the Best Scorer as well as the Best Outside Spiker.[4]

2015Edit

In the 2015 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship, the Chinese team won all the matches and attained their 13th gold medal of the tournament. Zhu was awarded the Most Valuable Player and Best Outside Spiker of the tournament.

In the 2015 FIVB World Cup, the Chinese team won their forth gold medal of the tournament and their first World Title since 2004 Athens Olympics.[5] Zhu was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and became the third Chinese player since Sun Jinfang and Lang Ping to earn the title.[6]

2016Edit

 
During the match of China against Serbia in 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix

At the 2016 Rio Olympics the Chinese team was considered a favorite to win the gold medal since they had won the World Cup the previous year. However, the team performed unsatisfactorily in the preliminary round with only two wins and three losses, thus the team had to face the top ranked team of the next group and two-time defending gold medalist, the Brazilian Team in the quarterfinals. China however managed to cause a great upset to the hosts by defeating Brazilian Team 15-25, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13. Zhu scored 28 points in the match.[7] In the semifinals Zhu scored 33 points to avenge their loss to the Netherlands Team in the preliminary round by defeating them 27-25, 23-25, 29-27, 25-23.[8] With 33 points in the match Zhu ranked no.3 on all-time top scorers list in a single match in the Olympic games.[9] In the final, China defeated Serbia 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 to earn their third overall gold medal in the sport at the Olympics and the first since 2004. Zhu was awarded the MVP and the Best Outside Spiker of the tournament. She became the third Chinese player to be awarded MVP in the Olympics after Lang Ping and Feng Kun.[10] She joined Vakıfbank in Turkey in Season 2016-2017 and became the youngest player in China to be transferred outside the Chinese Volleyball League with the help of her original club Henan Huawei as well as her coach in the Chinese Team, Lang Ping.

She started her first year in the Turkish League in the 2016 FIVB Club World Championship. The team finished bronze after defeating Voléro Zürich in the bronze medal match.[11] Zhu was awarded the Best Outside Hitter of the tournament,[12] and she became the first player in the tournament history to be the best scorer twice after scoring 103 points in this year's tournament.[13]

2017Edit

 
Zhu Ting plays for Vakifbank.
 
Zhu Ting and teammates of Vakifbank.

Zhu won the 2016–17 Turkish League Best Outside Spiker and Best Scorer awards.[14] In the regular season, VakıfBank finished first with only one loss in the whole season. However, the team was stunned in the semifinals by Galatasaray S.K. and failed to reach the final, although they managed to finish third after defeating Eczacıbaşı VitrA in the third place matches.

At the 2016–17 CEV Champions League, VakıfBank reached the Playoff 6 Stage after winning all six matches in the preliminary round.[15] They defeated Voléro Zürich in two 3-1 matches to reach the semifinals. At the semifinals they defeated Eczacıbaşı VitrA 3-0 to reach the final, despite once trailing ten points in the second set.[16] Zhu scored 24 points in the match. In the final VakıfBank won against the host team Imoco Volley Conegliano to win third title of the tournament. Zhu scored 22 points in the match and was awarded MVP of the tournament.[17]

At the 2017 FIVB Club World Championship, VakıfBank remained undefeated in the group stage to reach the semifinals, where they beat Eczacıbaşı VitrA 3-1 to reach the final.[18] In the final the team defeated Rexona-Sesc Rio in straight sets to win the championship for the second time.[19] Zhu was awarded the MVP and the Best Outside Spiker of the tournament.[20] Also, she became the first Asian player awarded MVP of this competition.

In June, VakıfBank announced that Zhu has renew the contract with the team and she will continue to play at VakıfBank in the coming season. South China Morning Post reported that Zhu Ting is the world’s highest paid volleyball player after she signed a contract extension with VakıfBank for a reputed salary of €1.35 million (US$1.61 million and HK$12 million).[21]

The new roster of 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix released, Zhu is selected to be a new Captain of Chinese women's national volleyball team since 2017. Zhu won the Best Outside Spiker individual award in that competition, helping her national team to reach the fourth place[22] and later the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup gold medal, Best Outside Spiker and Most Valuable Player award.[23]

In December 2017, she won the Turkish Cup with VakıfBank and was selected Most Valuable Player.[24]

2018Edit

In March, Zhu with VakıfBank beat Galatasary in Semifinal of 2017–18 Turkish Women's Volleyball League, Zhu scored 33 points at Round 2 to help the team enter the Final. In April, VakıfBank beat Voléro Zürich in Playoff 6 of 2017–18 CEV Women's Champions League. Zhu scored 21 points at Second Leg to help the team enter Final four of the tournament.

In April, Vakifbank beat Eczacıbaşı VitrA in Final of 2017–18 Turkish Women's Volleyball League with the rounds of 3:2, Zhu scored the highest in the team for four rounds, especially in the last round which held on 26 April, Zhu scored 20 points (attack succ. rate: 68%), finally won the champion with the team. This is the first national league champion of Zhu. At the same time, Zhu was awarded the MVP award of the league.

In May, Vakifbank beat Italian club Imoco Volley and Romanian club CSM Volei Alba Blaj in Semifinal and Final of 2017–18 CEV Women's Champions League, eventually won the 4th champion title. Zhu scored 24 points and 15 points in this two rounds and awarded Best Outside Spiker award. After the CEV Champions League, all the competitions of Vakifbak in this season have been finished, the team finally won all the champion titles, Zhu was the main contributor to the victories.

On June 21, VakıfBank announced that Zhu has again renew the contract with the club and she will continue to play at VakıfBank, which will be the third season Zhu plays at the club.

ClubsEdit

AwardsEdit

National teamEdit

Junior TeamEdit

Senior TeamEdit

ClubsEdit

IndividualsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Player's biography". Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. 
  2. ^ "Brazil, China win two in a row at World Grand Prix Finals". FIVB. Sapporo, Japan. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Guangdong beat Zurich 3-1 to claim Women's Club World Champs bronze". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ "USA's Kim Hill Honoured with World Championship MVP Award". Milan, Italy: FIVB. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Lang Guides China to Fourth World Cup Title". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Zhu Leads Women's World Cup Dream Team". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  7. ^ "China Upset Brazil to End Medal Hopes". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Zhu Ting Fires 33 to Lead China to the Olympic Final". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  9. ^ "Zhu Ting New Entry at no. 3 on All-Time Top Scorers List". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  10. ^ "China Crowned Champions in Rio De Janeiro". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Vakifbank Add Bronze To Club Worlds Medals Collection". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  12. ^ "MVP Boskovic Leads Dream Team of Club Worlds in Manila". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  13. ^ "Zhu Ting: First to be Women's Club World Championship Best Scorer Twice". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  14. ^ http://tvf-web.dataproject.com/CompetitionHome.aspx?ID=19
  15. ^ "'Magnificent Six' in contention for Europe's most-coveted Volleyball crown". Luxembourg: CEV. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  16. ^ "VakifBank win semi-final 3-0 against Eczacibasi securing them another chance at glory". Luxembourg: CEV. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  17. ^ "VakifBank take 3rd Champions League title after 3-0 win against Imoco". Luxembourg: CEV. 2017-04-23. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  18. ^ "Vakifbank, Rexona-Sesc Rio Reach Kobe 2017 Final After Four-Set Wins". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2017-06-12. 
  19. ^ "Vakifbank Win Women's Club World Championship Title For Second Time". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-06-12. 
  20. ^ "Zhu Ting Spearheads Kobe 2017 Dream Team". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-06-12. 
  21. ^ "China's only volleyball player abroad earns a whopping HK$12 million a year in Turkey". www.scmp.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  22. ^ "Brazil set all-time record in World Grand Prix wins". Nanjing, China: FIVB. 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  23. ^ "China clinch second FIVB World Grand Champions Cup title". Nagoya, Japan: FIVB. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  24. ^ Tarsi, Giacomo (24 December 2017). "Coppa di Turchia: Vince il Vakifbank di Guidetti. 3-0 ad un buon Eczacibasi" (in Italian). Ankara: Volleyball.it. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
Awards
Preceded by
First Award
-
  Sheilla Castro and
  Kimberly Hill
Best Outside Spiker of
FIVB World Grand Prix

2013 (with   Brankica Mihajlović)
2017 (with   Natália Pereira)
Succeeded by
  Liu Xiaotong and
  Miyu Nagaoka
-
-
Preceded by
First Award
Best Outside Spiker of
World Championship

2014 (with   Kimberly Hill)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Wilavan Apinyapong
Most Valuable Player of
Asian Championship

2015
Succeeded by
  Risa Shinnabe
Preceded by
  Carolina Costagrande
Most Valuable Player of
World Cup

2015
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Kim Yeon-koung
Most Valuable Player of
Olympic Games

2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
First Award
Best Outside Spiker of
Olympic Games

2016 (with   Brankica Mihajlović)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Tatiana Kosheleva and
  Fernanda Garay
Best Outside Spiker of
FIVB Club World Championship

2016 (with   Tatiana Kosheleva)
2017 (with   Gabriela Guimarães)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Francesca Piccinini
Most Valuable Player of
CEV Champions League

2016-2017
Succeeded by
  Gözde Kırdar Sonsırma
Preceded by
  Kimberly Hill and
  Kelsey Robinson
Best Outside Spiker of
CEV Champions League

2017-2018 (with   Kimberly Hill)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Tijana Boskovic
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB Club World Championship

2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Saori Sakoda and
  Onuma Sittirak
Best Outside Spiker of
World Grand Champions Cup

2017 (with   Jordan Larson)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
  Fabiana Claudino
Most Valuable Player of
World Grand Champions Cup

2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
-
Best Outside Spiker of
FIVB Nations League

2018 (with   Michelle Bartsch-Hackley)
Succeeded by
Incumbent