TIANJIN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Title favorites and Chinese League reigning champions Shanghai were crashed out of the 13th Chinese National Games men's volleyball tournament, losing to PLA 3-0 in the quarterfinals here Tuesday afternoon.
Shanghai, who have dominated the Chinese men's volleyball league for the last three seasons, were surprisingly swept by PLA 25-23, 25-20 and 25-20 in the first quarterfinal match.
"It's a really tough match," said PLA captain and Chinese international Zhong Weijun. "Maybe nobody expected us to win, but we were determined to come out and give our best. Now we survived!"
"Thanks to great team efforts, we took this victory. It might be the last National Games for the veterans of our team including me. We hope to play to our best standard and we did that today," Zhong added.
PLA will play Jiangsu, the 3-1 winners over Henan, in Wednesday's semifinals.
"Now we are in the top four, we'll just play hard and enjoy the game," said Zhong.
Despite the loss, Shanghai coach Shen Qiong encouraged his players to do their best in the 5th-8th deciders.
"We are not in our best form. Some veterans are pretty tired after coming back from the recent international competitions and there are some injuries," he said. "After losing the first set, the players were stressed and could not play our best. Anyway, we will do our best in the rest of the tournament."
In Tuesday's other quarterfinal matches, National Games defending champions Beijing outlasted Zhejiang 3-2 and Shandong beat Tianjin 3-1.