Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, July 11, 2022 – Chinese Taipei overcame a tall Iran team to take the fifth spot at the 21st Asian Women’s U20 Volleyball Championship at the NU Sports Centre which saw the former’s eight-strong line-up win 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 25-11) on Monday afternoon.
Hu Chen-Ying led all scorers on the board, delivering a total of 20 points, from 17 attacks and 2 service aces and 1 block.
Captain Zahra Rezaei led Iran with 13 points in the loss.
Chinese Taipei played with good floor coverage and set up their plays fairly smoothly. They also played well in block-defence, even against a taller line-up. In fact, they ran their quick attacks quite effectively, with Hu Chen-Ying and Pan Hsuan-Jung delivering upfront.
Iran needed to address the situation and play along their opponents’ pacing. Hitters Zahra Rezaei and Farrokhi Roya powered through from the wings.
However, their efforts seemed insufficient. They were unable to keep up with the quicker pace of their opponents, which often found them lagging in block and the second line of defence.
Chinese Taipei, meanwhile, posted good performance and played tight on their side of the court. They served fairly well to force difficulty upon the opponents’ passing lanes. Captain Peng Yu-Rou contributed greatly from the flank and backline.
Iran improved their play and had better rhythm in the third set. Setter Sara Bata distributed the offence well, enabling every hitter to score. Mahsa Ghaderi Aredekani, with her 190-cm towering presence, proved effective in both attack and in block.
Chinese Taipei restarted in the fourth set, with Hung Shih-Han proving to be unstoppable from the left flank. She unleashed powerful attacks, yet choosing to play smart with off-speed hits when needed, to help her team with the victory in the final day of competition.
Chinese Taipei captain Peng Yu-Rou contributed 15 points in the victory, and looked back at the team’s performance in the competition.
“We learned so much about our team and about each other in the championship. We were only had 8 players here and it was important for us to communicate, to cooperate with one another. We had to take care of one another, and that’s what mattered most,” she said.
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