CHINESE TAIPEI CRUSH KIWIS IN COMPLETELY ONE-SIDED BATTLE
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 23, 2018 – Chinese Taipei showed no mercy to New Zealand, crushing the inexperienced rivals in a totally one-sided battle at the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium on Wednesday.
The scintillating 25-9 25-8 25-13 win gave Chinese Taipei another chance to strut their stuff against Thailand, to whom they earlier went down in hard-fought five sets, in the knock-out quarter-finals on Thursday.
Chen Ying-Chi scored a team-high 17 points including 5 kills and 11 ace serves, while Yeh Hsuan-Tsen contributed 10 points including 8 attacks. Maama Vaipulu led New Zealand with 5 points.
Against New Zealand, Chinese Taipei fielded a formidable lineup led by the powerful southpaw Pan Hsuan-Jung and Hsu Wan-Yun in the opening set. Chinese Taipei took an advantage when the unfancied opponents came up with poor reception, uncorking a barrage of fierce attacks to take the lop-sided set 25-9. The continued mighty attacks in the second set, which they won easily 25-8.
In the third set, Chinese Taipei rested their best players including Pan Hsuan-Jung and instead fielded substitutions including Hsu Wan-Yun. Things turned sour for the team as their game was riddled with errors-prone. Pan Hsuan-Jung was sent in to improve the difficult situation. After that, Chinese Taipei gradually pulled their game together. They caught up with the Kiwis at 10-10 and went on their great form to win the set 25-13 and match.
“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 performances. 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.
With the convincing win, Chinese Taipei are due to play Thailand in a revenge match on Thursday, while New Zealand will next take on the losers between Iran and Malaysia in the 9th-12th classification round on May 25.
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