CHEN, PAN POWER CHINESE TAIPEI TO 3-0 DEMOLITION OF IRAN
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 26, 2018 – Chinese Taipei stole the limelight in the 5th-8th playoffs match against Iran to demolish the spirited rivals in straight sets 25-13 25-13 25-15 in the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Gymnasium on Saturday.
Chen Ying-Chi and Pan Hsuan-Jung similarly scored 12 points for Chinese Taipei, while Peng Yu-Rou added 11 points. Negar Salahshouri led Iran with 10 points including 9 attack hits.
Chinese Taipei, disappointed at the 2-3 defeat at the hands of hosts Thailand in the knock-out quarter-finals, opened up aggressively in the first set as deadly left-hander Pan Hsuan-Jung and hard-hitting Hsu Wan-Yun remained the dominant forces to be reckoned with. The two powerful hitters took turns puncturing the Iranian defence with their exceptional attacks for the comfortable 25-13 win in the set.
Chinese Taipei still gained the upper hand in the second set. Courtesy of powerful jump serves by Hsu Wan-Yun mixed by devastating attacks from Pan Hsuan-Jung, Hsu Wan-Yun and Yeh Hsuan-Tsen and effective blocks from Peng Yu-Rou and Chen Ying-Chi, Chinese Taipei took the set with the same margin of 25-13.
Holding 2-0 advantage, Chinese Taipei continued their excellent offensive combinations, while Iran gathered their courage to hit back with powerful attacks from Zahra Rezaei and Negar Salahshouri. Leading 18-11, Chinese Taipei remained strong defensively to stretch the lead to 21-12 before winning 25-15.
“Since I thought before that it’s possible that we will play Kazakhstan on the final day, I then told my players to adjust themselves in this match against Iran to prepare for a tougher match against the Kazakhs. We have to watch the next match between Kazakhstan and India and we then will go back and discuss among staff coaches and players how to play them,” said Chinese Taipei coach Chen Mei-Ching.
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