Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, March 28, 2017 – Tall and towering China overcame a daunting task in their opening match against Chinese Taipei to produce a fantastic comeback 3-1 (28-30 25-23 25-19 25-18) victory over the fighting rivals at the SMM 11th Asian Boys’ U19 Volleyball Championship at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium Hall B on Tuesday.
China, pursing their maiden victory in the top-flight tournament, fielded a hefty line-up which was led by the 204cm-Zhang Jingyin and powerful Tian Cong in the tough match against Chinese Taipei.
Chinese Taipei stole the limelight by stunning the Chinese, whose height average is 198cm, in a hotly-contested first set 30-28. China, which finished third at the previous edition in Sri Lanka in 2014, put their acts together and counter-attacked well to win the next two sets 25-23 25-19.
The fourth set was more thrilling when both sides traded points through their exceptional tactics and combination attacks. Leading narrowly 17-16, the fired-up China went on onslaughts to win the set 25-18 and match.
Zhang Jingyin scored a team-high 18 points for China including 14 kills. Xiu Chengcheng added 13 kills through his ace spikes and Qi Qi handed the team 5 block points and 2 ace serves. Huang Shih-Chan led Chinese Taipei with 19 points including 17 kills.
“We started nervously in the first set, while Chinese Taipei performed well offensively. Their attacks and blocks proved too difficult for us to handle and that’s why we lost in the first set. However, my players boosted their confidence and improved their game and that’s why we won the next three sets. We trained only 15 days in preparation for this championship, but we wish to advance to the final round,” China’s head coach Wang Haichuan said after the match.