ZHOU, WANG STEER CHINA TO STRAIGHT-SET WIN OVER KAZAKHSTAN
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 24, 2018 – China pulled off a scintillating straight-set 25-20 25-13 25-2 win over Kazakhstan not only to advance to the semi-finals of the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship but also win a ticket for the next year’s FIVB Women’s U18 Word Championship in Mexico.
Zhou Yetong and Wang Yifei similarly scored 16 points for China, while Kristina Strukova led Kazakhstan with 7 points.
China made a dismal start to trail 0-6 in the opening set, but shrugged off their sluggish performance shortly after that. With Zhou Yetong and Wang Yifei attacking mightily, China showed their brilliant form to catch the rivals at 11-11 and stormed on. Kazakhstan regrouped and tightened their defence. As China were leading commandingly 19-12, Kazakhstan found their touch and started to produce the good. Their effort paid its dividends when they narrowed the margin 20-24 before China came back to take the set 25-20.
Winning the first set boosted their morale and China remained unbeatable in the second set. Although the Kazakhs mounted a strong challenge, the indomitable Chinese proved their class to win the comfortable set 25-13. The third set turned out to be a totally one-sided battle as the Chinese onslaughts continued. China captured the easy set 25-2 and match.
“We played according to plan. Before playing Kazakhstan, we watched their tape and analysed what the strong points of Kazakhstan are. That’s why we came out with good form to beat them. In the first two matches, we lost to Japan and Korea. Both teams are strong and we lost because our young players played nervously. In the semi-finals, we might have a rematch with Korea and this time, I hope my girls can beat them,” said China coach Yu Changwen.
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