China loses 3-2 to Brazil in first match of 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League

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China loses 3-2 to Brazil in first match of 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League

Yuan Xinyue top of China spikes during the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Women's Pool 6 match between China and Brazil in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 28, 2022. MARIAN DRAGANOV XINHUA SOFIA -- China's women's volleyball team lost to Brazil 3 -- 2 in the first match of Pool 6 of the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Sofia on Tuesday.

Brazil took the first two sets 25 -- 20, 25 -- 23 but China came back with 25 -- 18 and 25 -- 21 in the Arena Armeec Hall, sending the match into a tie-breaker.

In the fifth set, Brazil edged China 15 -- 11 for the victory.

Li Yingying had 20 points. Gabi Guimaraes contributed a game-high 28 points for Brazil, followed by Kisy Nascimento's 24.

China sits fifth in the preliminary phase of the VNL standings with five victories from nine matches.

The women's VNL kicked off on May 31, with the finals taking place in Ankara from July 13 to 17th.