Tokyo, Japan, May 31, 2016 – China breezed past Venezuela in a straight-set (25-16, 25-18, 25-15) encounter at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Dai Qingyao guided the Chinese side with a match-high 17-point output, including 13 attacks, three blocks and a service ace, while Zhong Weijun contributed 11 points in their victory. Kervin Martin Pinerua was still Venezuela’s main scorer as he finished with 14 points.
China dictated the tempo and led on all fronts in the first set. China were playing almost flawless in the match as they limited their errors to four. Dai waxed hot on the attack as he fired seven of his eight points from the three-metre line. Pinerua scored six points – all from attacks – but did not get much help from his team-mates on offence. China dominated in the opening set 25-16.
Venezuela jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second set but China staged a comeback to trail within one point 5-4. China began scoring in clusters that gave them the wide lead. Venezuela could not keep up with the quickness of their rivals and conceded the set 25-18. China executed great offensive and defensive patterns in the fourth set, which resulted in a breakdown on the opposing side. China wrapped the comfortable set and match 25-15.