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Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 21, 2018 – Chinese Taipei taught Hong Kong volleyball lessons by thrashing the lower-ranked rivals in comfortable straight sets 25-10 25-14 25-4 to taste first win at the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Gymnasium on Monday.

Hsu Wan-Yun was the only player in Chinese Taipei who scored double-digit 12 points for the team. Kao Hsin-Yuan and Chen Ying-Chi contributed 8 points apiece. Lam Tsz Ching claimed 6 points for Hong Kong.

With ace spiker Hsu Wan-Yun penetrating the rivals’ defence, Chinese Taipei opened up with aggression to race to a commanding 15-4 lead in the first set. After a few moments of one-sided battle, they advanced 18-5 before coach Chen Mei-Ching rested her best players and fielded substitutions including Kao Hsin-Yuan and Chang Chin-Hsuan to win the comfortable set 25-10.

The second set remained the similar script as no matter how hard they tried, the Hong Kong’s girls found it very difficult to cope with the rivals’ tactics, fast game and combinations. Taking an initial 12-6 lead, Chinese Taipei went on aggressive attacks, allowing the unfancied rivals a few points at the near end of the set to win 25-14.

Chinese Taipei still dominated the whole game in the third set and Hong Kong failed to make their mark. Chinese Taipei showed no mercy, allowing the rivals only four points to win the easy set 25-4 and match.

“This is our warm-up match in our preparation for a tougher task against hosts Thailand tomorrow (Tuesday). We made several rotations among players to see what is the right formula for our team. We watched the Thai match against Hong Kong on Sunday and we will study their tape to see how to play them. We had trained only two months before competing here,” Chinese Taipei coach Chen Mei-Ching commented.

Chinese Taipei next go up against hosts Thailand on Tuesday in a match to decide the Pool B winners, while Hong Kong suffered two straight losses and are assured of finishing third in the pool.

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