Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 24, 2017 – China completed a full sweep in Pool A of the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship – AVC Qualification Tournament after a straight-set match against Chinese Taipei (25-18, 25-14, 25-10) at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace on Sunday. The Olympic champions captured one of two World Championship slots offered as the top finisher in the competition.
Captain Zhu Ting was the top scorer with 13 points, but setter Ding Xia distributed the ball well, to enable Gong Xiangyu (11 points), Liu Xiaotong (10 points), and Yan Ni (10 points) to figure in double-digits.
“It has been a long and difficult tournament, but we are happy to succeed with our goal of getting the ticket to Japan,” said Zhu.
Chinese Taipei started by showing that they could be patient in running their plays. They set up Chang Li-Yun and captain Chen Wang-Ting to score from the flanks. But China imposed their might with a stronger, much taller frontline. Zhu, Liu and Gong sent their attacks against their smaller opponents, and came on to connect with block points as well. Chinese Taipei tried to spark a run, but suffered to errors, and send China to a 25-18 win in the first set.
In the next set, China’s middle attackers took over. Yuan Xinyue and Yan took charge of the quick balls, to firmly cement the dominance of their frontline. While Chinese Taipei played patiently in defence, they were unable to play up to the speed of their opponents. China continued to rally with their cohesive and speedy orchestration, all the way to a 25-14 finish in the second set.
By the third set, China rushed to a 5-0 lead, taking full advantage of unmanned spots in their opponents’ formation. Liu likewise unleashed service aces, which made for China’s nearly complete game. Chinese Taipei needed to bring in a fresh approach to their game but committed errors as they played along. China went to maximise their momentum and secured the final set at 25-10.
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