Two sets down and trailing at 24-20, reigning Olympic champion China was on the verge of elimination when the Chinese women rallied to save a set point to win and found forms back in the following two sets.
“In the third set we started to lose this control and China got back, they are a strong team,” said Orthmann.
“It was not China playing very differently, it was our mistakes. We were not so aggressive anymore,” she added.
Another five-set battle happened between Belgium and the Dominican Republic. The first set’s score climbed to a remarkable high 33-31.
The third set became the turning point of the two sides’ forms. Belgium, who had lost two sets, didn’t let the Dominican led a single point after both sides tied at 5-5.
Belgium won the game 3-2 (31-33, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-11). The best scorer is Britt Herbots from the winner’s side, who got an amazing 33 points.
“We were 2-0 behind and then we didn’t lose our fighting spirit, we kept pushing and at the end it was 3-2 for us,” said Herbots.
“Our fighting spirit was the most important, I was glad to see our team jumping around, all happy faces smiling even if it wasn’t easy,” she said.