JAPAN JOIN IRAN AND QATAR IN SEMI-FINALS OF 6TH AVC CUP FOR MEN
Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 11, 2018 – Iran, Qatar and Japan cruised into the semi-finals of the 6th AVC Cup for Men at the University of Taipei (Tianmu) Gymnasium, as hosts Chinese Taipei will challenge Kazakhstan for the remaining berth to complete the semi-final lineup.
Mighty Iranians downed Vietnam in comfortable three-setter (25-19, 25-14, 25-19) on Saturday to ensure a place in the semi-finals. Porya Yali led Iran with 16 points including 14 attacks from 28 attempts, while captain Amirhossein Esfandiar proved to be a good company after adding 16 points.
Japan also made the best of their quickness and dogged defense to conquer Australia in a convincing 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-15) battle. Kento Miyaura contributed a match-high 21 points for Japan including 18 attacks from 42 attempts, while Elliott Viles chipped in with 14 points for Australia including 12 kills from 26 attempts. Though it was their first victory at the tournament, they are lucky enough to enter the semi-finals and are due to face Qatar on Tuesday.
Qatar remained in an awesome form to thrash Korea 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-22) to emerge as the third team to reach the semi-finals.
Renan Ribeiro and Mohamed Ibrahim both chipped in with 12 points apiece for Qatar, while Kuk-min Han was the only Korean, who scored double digits of a match-high 16 points.
“We did a great job today. We performed excellently and felt better and better day by day. We need to do more research and pay more effort to win next game,” said Qatar head coach Soto Camilo.
Off-work Saturday allowed more spectators to support their host team. Cheered by over 3,000 supporters, Chinese Taipei prevailed in the five-set thriller 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 15-12) over Thailand. Liu Hung-min chipped in with a match-high 23 points for Chinese Taipei, supported by Huang Chien-feng, Liu Hung-jie, and Chen Chien-chen, who added 18, 17 and 14 points respectively. Kittikun Sri-utthawong scored a team-high 22 points for Thailand.
“I am happy that my team won this game. My captain is always a striving player, he and Huang Chien-feng encouraged my players a lot,” commented Chinese Taipei head coach Chen Yu-an.
With the crucial win, Chinese Taipei will next go up against Kazakhstan on Monday, with the winners securing the remaining berth for the semi-finals the following day.
Sunday is the rest day. The top-flight competition will resume on Monday. Chinese Taipei will take on unbeaten Kazakhstan to vie for the last semi-final berth, while Korea play Australia and Vietnam face Thailand in the 5th-9th playoffs. The final showdown will be held on Wednesday, August 15.
Saturday, 11, August, 2018
Iran b Vietnam 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-19)
Japan b Australia 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-15)
Qatar b Korea 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-22)
Chinese Taipei b Thailand 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 15-12)
Sunday, 12, August, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
13:30 Korea v Australia
16:00 Vietnam v Thailand
18:30 Kazakhstan v Chinese Taipei