JAPAN TO TAKE ON THAILAND, CHINA TO PLAY KOREA IN ROUND OF 16 AT GIRLS’ U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

JAPAN TO TAKE ON THAILAND, CHINA TO PLAY KOREA IN ROUND OF 16 AT GIRLS’ U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Bangkok, Thailand, September 19, 2019 – All four Asian teams advanced to the round of last 16 teams in the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship in Ismailia and Cairo, Egypt, with Asian champions Japan capturing the top spot in Pool D and former four-time world champions China topping Pool A.

China, which finished a disappointing 19th place at the previous edition in Argentina two years ago, demolished Puerto Rico 25-16 25-18 25-18 in their last preliminary match on Monday, while former two-time world champions Japan defeated Bulgaria in four-setter 25-20 25-23 20-25 25-8.

As the two Asian powerhouses enjoyed their remarkable run in the topflight competition, lower-ranked Thailand lost their last preliminary encounter on Monday, going down to South American winners Argentina in straight sets 13-25 22-25 15-25.

At the end of the pool plays on Monday, China made a clean sweep in Pool A with 12 points from four straight wins, with Japan claiming the top spot in Pool D with 11 points from four consecutive wins.

Korea, which earlier completed their preliminaries on Sunday, came in fourth place in Pool B with 3 points from one win against three losses, while Thailand also finished fourth in Pool C with 4 points from one win against three losses.

In the Tuesday’s knockout round of last 16 teams, Pool D winners Japan are due to take on Thailand, fourth place in Pool C, in Cairo at 8pm Bangkok time, while at the same time, Pool A winners China will play Korea, fourth place in Pool B, in Ismailia. The winners will make the cut for the quarter-finals, with the losers being relegated to classification round for 9th-16th playoffs.

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