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Surabaya, Indonesia, July 29, 2017 – In-form Chinese Taipei made much of the impact at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Tri Dharma Peutrokimia Gymnasium after pulling off a stunning 3-1 (25-22 19-25 27-25 25-20) win over China in their second top-eight playoff encounter on Saturday.

Chinese Taipei, fresh from beating Australia 3-1 in their first playoff match, took the excellent offensive combination of aggressive attacks from left-hander Wu Tsung-Hsuan and Liu Hong-Jie and solid blocks by Chen Chien-Chen and Liu Hong-Jie for the hard-fought 25-22 win in the opening set.

China, spearheaded by veteran Zhong Weijun and hard-attacking Ji Daoshuai, counter-attacked well to win the second set 25-19 for a 1-1 tie.

As China, bronze medallists at the previous Asian meet in Tehran, Iran two years ago, dropped their rhythm and their on-going game was riddled with unforced mistakes, Chinese Taipei gained their confidence and started to produce the goods. Winning the fiercely-contested third set 27-25, Chinese Taipei still put on a good show to capture the set 25-20 and match.

Wu Tsung-Hsuan led Chinese Taipei with 16 points including 13 kills from 30 attempts and 2 aces. Liu Hong-Jie contributed 11 kills and 4 solid blocks.

After the match, Chinese Taipei’s head coach Yu Ching-Fang said,”I’m glad that we won the match against China. I can say that it’s perfect. My players did a good job in receiving, blocking and serving. China are tall with high blocks, but today they played inconsistency. As far as I’m concerned, Chinese Taipei had beaten China before in the Asian Men’s U23 Championship and the Asian Men’s Club Championship, but not the Asian Senior Men’s Championship. This is for the first time-ever that Chinese Taipei beat China in the men’s senior level. We will try to do our best in the quarter-finals no matter which team we will play.”

 

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