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Zhangjiagang, China, July 19, 2016 – AVC Eastern Zone Women’s Championship opened up at Gymnasium of Zhangjiagang Sports Center Tuesday afternoon and hosts China delighted home crowds with a 3-0 win (25-11, 25-14, 21-10) in their first match against Mongolia.Eager to give best performance to the fans, China started the game with their strength and power. Although tied at the beginning, soon China took control by blocking in the first two sets to win 25-11 and 25-14.

In the third set, China showed their determination to the opponents as each position had active attempts during the game. China’s Zhai Tingli made effective spikes that led the team to 8-4. After the first technical time-out, China did not give Mongolia any chances to win, and quickly finished the set 25-10.

“It is our first match. We are not familiar with Mongolia, therefore players more or less are nervous. I hope the team will become better and better in the upcoming games. Korea are a tough team. The staff coaches will definitely discuss a lot about the strategies.” said Cai Bin, head coach of China concerning their next match against Korea, which will start at 19:00 (GMT+8) on July 20.

Japan b DPR Korea 3-2

In the first match of the opening day, Japan defeated DPR Korea in five sets (25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 29:27, 15:9).

Both sides put on a great show from the beginning, seeing the the score increasing alternately. Japan managed to score crucial two points successively after 23-23 tie for a 25-23 win in the first set.

The mighty DPR Koreans were never uncompromising as they returned a 25-22 win in the second set, and a 25-20 win in the third set.

The fourth set was even more thrilling as both teams fought till 27-27. At that time, Japan broke the deadlock to win the set 29-27. And they continued the momentum in the tie breaker to secure the final victory in 15-9.

Chinese Taipei b Hong Kong, China 3-0

Chinese Taipei pulled off a comfortable straight-set 25-9 25-18 25-15 win over Hong Kong, China. Chinese Taipei started the match with an aggressive way. Hong Kong, China slowly adapted themselves to the match by focusing on their defense in the beginning. However after the timeout Chinese Taipei became more aggressive on their attacks and with a 4-0 run, Chinese Taipei quickly took control of the match and won the set 25-9.

Unstable Hong Kong, China tried to find a way out with different strategies and plays in the second set. The score increasing alternately at the beginning, however, unbreakable defense of Chinese Taipei kept winning points.

Chinese Taipei dominated the third set with their solid blocking while Hong Kong, China could not solve the problem. In 25-15, Chinese Taipei finished the set and obtained their first victory.

Korea b Macau, China 3-0

The third match of the day saw the Korea prove a cut above Macau, China to thrash the rivals in straight sets 25-22 25-13 25-13.

Macau, China were struggling to find the opponent’s weakness from the beginning. Macau, China took control before the second technical time out. However, with a 4-0 run on Macau, China, Korea sealed the first set with a 25-22 win.

Korea started the second set with their strength and power and soon they took control by winning 25-13.

Teamwork made Korea stronger in the third set as their active spikes and attacks made Macau, China stressful, resulting in many mistakes and errors. Korea managed to take the third set 25-13.

The AVC Eastern Zone Women’s Championship 2016 (Zhangjiagang, China) presented by Jinlin Sports will continue at the Gymnasium of Zhangjiagang Sports Center from July 20 to 24.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

JULY 19

POOL A

Korea b Macau, China 3-0 (25-22 25-13 25-13)

China b Mongolia 3-0 (25-11 25-14 25-10)

POOL B

Japan b DPR Korea 3-2 (25-23 22-25 20-25 29-27 15-9)

Chinese Taipei b Hong Kong, China 3-0 (25-9 25-18 25-15)

MATCH SCHEDULE

JULY 20

12pm: Chinese Taipei vs Japan

2pm: Hong Kong, China vs DPR Korea

4pm: Macau, China vs Mongolia

7pm: Korea vs China

JULY 21

12pm: DPR Korea vs Chinese Taipei

2pm: Hong Kong, China vs Japan

4pm: Mongolia vs Korea

7pm: Macau, China vs China

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