CHINESE TAIPEI OVERWHELM INDIA 3-0 TO CAPTURE POOL B TOP SPOT
Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 12, 2018 – Chinese Taipei made a clean sweep in Pool B after seeing off India in straight sets 25-17 25-21 25-13 in their last pool round-robin preliminaries at the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium here on Tuesday.
Chinese Taipei had already claimed two wins in this top-notch competition after respectively stunning Korea in tie-breaker and Kazakhstan in straight sets. Contesting their last pool plays match against India, Chinese Taipei fielded a strong lineup led by Wu Fang-Yu, Yeh Yu-Wen and Wen Yi-Chin, while Gladys Thomas, who emerged as the team’s top scorer in the previous match against Korea, spearheaded India.
In this match, Kung Shih-Wen charted 11 points for the winning team, while Tithi Dhara led India with 9 points.
Chinese Taipei took control of the first set, with Wen Yi-Chen and Kung Shih-Wen puncturing the Indian defence with their attacks. Leading 15-8, Chinese Taipei went on to win the first set without much effort 25-17.
India made amends in the second set. Tithi Dhara attacked and blocked well to help India narrow the margin 19-21, but unfortunately could not maintain their poise to the distance. Chinese Taipei seized the second set 25-21.
The third set was an easy task for Chinese Taipei as despite putting up a gallant fight, the Indians still proved to be no match against the much stronger Chinese Taipei, which stole the show with 25-13 win in the set.
“I fielded many substitutions in this match because I wanted my girls to obtain competition experience. However, only the best players in our team will be picked up to play in crucial sets which really mean to our results. Everyone in my team did a good job in this match,” said Chinese Taipei head coach Kuang Chin-Tu.
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