ASIAN WOMEN’S U17 CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL LINEUP COMPLETED
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 23, 2018 – The lineup for the knockout quarter-finals of the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Gymnasium was completed, with Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, India and Iran powering past lower-ranked rivals to join the Thursday’s fray.
With the AVC new competition format being launched for use for the first time in this championship, the Asian qualifying tournament which will see top four teams make the cut for the next year’s FIVB Women’s U18 World Championship in Mexico, reigning champions Japan, Korea, China and hosts Thailand reached the quarter-finals earlier as R1-R4 (ranked 1st-ranked 4th).
As the awesome foursome had a rest day on Wednesday, the remaining eight teams fought it all-out to vie for four more slots to contest the Thursday’s knockout quarter-finals, in which the four winning teams will make it to the semi-finals and secure berths for the next year’s world meet.
In the Wednesday’s quarter-final ranking round, which was held to decide the four winners to compete in the knockout quarter-finals the following day, Chinese Taipei showed no mercy to New Zealand, crushing the inexperienced rivals in a totally one-sided battle 25-9 25-8 25-13.
“We wanted to adjust our team’s conditions before we next play Thailand on Thursday. Thailand played very well the previous day and till we will meet them again, we have to make sure we’re ready for the revenge match. We have to thoroughly check the Thailand’s team and players statistics. We did not start well in this match against New Zealand. We were trailing 1-9 in the third set because we fielded substitutions. Most of them have never played international tournaments like this before and still had something they could not control,” Chinese Taipei coach Chen Mei-Ching commented.
Kazakhstan also entered the quarter-finals as they overcame a serious threat from Hong Kong to brush off the buoyant rivals in straight sets 25-21 25-22 25-12, while India proved a class above Australia after seeing off the opponents in a closely-contested encounter 25-23 25-18 25-21) and Iran struggled hard to beat Malaysia in dramatic four sets 25-27 25-20 25-22 25-21.
The four winning teams, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, India and Iran, advanced to the Thursday’s knockout quarter-finals, with Kazakhstan going up against China, Iran challenging title-holders Japan and India pitted against Korea. Chinese Taipei and Thailand set up a first-round rematch. In the preliminary Pool B encounter earlier, Thailand struggled to beat Chinese Taipei in a hard-fought five-set thriller, leaving Chinese Taipei to look forward to a rematch with the host girls.
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