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QUARTER-FINAL LINEUPS FOR ASIAN WOMEN’S U19 CHAMPIONSHIP CONFIRMED


Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 14, 2018 – Things are really heating up for the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship on Friday when eight teams including defending and 12-time champions China, Japan, Thailand and hosts Vietnam will battle it out to squeeze through to the semi-finals.

The top-tier competition serves as the Asian qualification tournament for the 2019 FIVB Women’s U20 Volleyball World Championship in Italy. Only top two teams from the Bac Ninh meet will represent Asia in the next year’s World Championship.

The classification for 1-8 and 9-16 was held on Thursday at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium and the Bac Ninh University Hall to decide the eight winning teams to the quarter-finals and the losers to the 9th-16th playoffs. As expected, stronger teams brush off lower-ranked sides in convincing straight sets.

At the Bac Ninh Gymnasium, powerhouses China, which beat Japan in the final showdown at the previous Asian Women’s U19 edition in Nakhon Ratchasima inThailand and went on their incredible run to capture the World Women’s U20 title in Mexico, thrashed underdogs Malaysia in a completely one-sided affair 25-7 25-16 25-13.

“I’m happy that my girls won this match. It was an important match we could not miss. However, we still have many things and mistakes to learn and improve. We will try our best in the next round,” said China head coach Shi Hairong.

Thailand, which made an impact on Tuesday following their stunning 3-2 victory over title-holders China in the pool plays, mercilessly crushed Sri Lanka in another totally lopsided battle 25-14 25-4 25-9.

“I think our girls’ form is not that good. We rested our best players and mostly fielded substitutions in this match. We made too many unforced mistakes in the first set. We had told our players to limit our unforced errors to four points in each set, but 12 of the14 points won by Sri Lanka in the first set came from our players’ erratic play. I think we need to improve more on concentration. We next take on Kazakhstan, whose players are tall. However, I’m upbeat that my girls will win that match, but we won’t underestimate the Kazakhs,” Thailand coach Chamnan Dokmai commented after the match.

Chinese Taipei also proved a class above Macao as they pulled off an exceptional 25-11 25-12 25-12 victory over the unfancied opponents.

“It was an easy game for us and I just told my players to enjoy the match and learn to improve their tactics. In this match, I made several changes in the team roster because I need my girls to learn different strategies. It is possible that we might play Vietnam in the next match. We have to improve on serving and defence. Vietnam are a strong team and we can’t expect a straight-set win against the host side,” said Chinese Taipei head coach Kuang Chin-Tu.

Vietnam delighted their cheering home fans with convincing straight-set win over New Zealand. The host girls overcame a sturdy challenge from the Kiwis to cruise past the battling Oceanian side in a hard-fought 3-0 (25-22 25-21 25-23) win.

“My girls played a bit nervously and could not come up with their true form as I had initially expected. Our teams gathered for training together in a short period and their weak point is their poor mental condition as they were not stable and sometimes nervous. This affected the tactics staff coaches had instructed them earlier. We next play Chinese Taipei. It will be a tough match, but I will urge my girls to play their best in front of home fans,” Vietnam coach Pham Minh Dung commented.

At the Bac Ninh University Hall, formidable Korea outclassed Hong Kong in straight sets 25-15 25-11 25-10, Kazakhstan powered past Australia in dramatic four-setter 25-21 25-18 20-25 25-16 and Iran defeated India 25-17 25-19 25-12.

Meanwhile, five-time champions Japan, the only team which have yet lost a set to their respective rivals, had two rest days following the withdrawal of Uzbekistan, assumed to be ranked R16 to play the Japanese on Thursday.

On Friday, only three quarter-final matches will be held at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium as the organisers decided to move the remaining quarter-final encounter between hosts Vietnam and Chinese Taipei to the second gymnasium at Bac Ninh University Hall.

 

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

CLASSIFICATION 1-8 AND 9-16

 

AT THE BAC NINH GYMNASIUM

Thailand b Sri Lanka 3-0 (25-14 25-4 25-9)

China b Malaysia 3-0 (25-7 25-16 25-13)

Vietnam b New Zealand 3-0 (25-22 25-21 25-23)

Chinese Taipei b Macao 3-0 (25-11 25-12 25-12)

 

AT THE BAC NINH UNIVERSITY HALL

Korea b Hong Kong 3-0 (25-15 25-11 25-10)

Kazakhstan b Australia 3-1 (25-21 25-18 20-25 25-16)

Iran b India 3-0 (25-17 25-19 25-12)

 

MATCH SCHEDULE (FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018)

 

AT THE BAC NINH GYMNASIUM

QUARTER-FINALS

03.00pm: Thailand v Kazakhstan

05.30pm: China b Korea

08.00pm: Japan v Iran

 

AT THE BAC NINH UNIVERSITY HALL

CLASSIFICATION 9-16

12.30pm: Sri Lanka v Australia

03.00pm: New Zealand v Macao

05.30pm: Malaysia v Hong Kong

 

QUARTER-FINALS

20.00pm: Vietnam v Chinese Taipei

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