CHINESE TAIPEI THRASH KAZAKHSTAN 3-0 TO STAY ON COURSE
Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 11, 2018 – Chinese Taipei, fresh from stunning Korea in exhausting five-setter the previous day, made it two in a row on Monday following a convincing 25-16 25-17 25-23 victory over Kazakhstan at the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium.
Yeh Yu-Wen steered Chinese Taipei to 3-0 victory as she top scored for the team with 11 points including 7 kills and 3 stuff blocks. Tung Chi-Fang added 11 points from 9 attacks and 2 blocks. Tatyana Nikitina led Kazakhstan with 10 points.
For a possible best result in this match, Chinese Taipei fielded a formidable lineup which beat Korea including Yeh Yu-Wen, Kung Shih-Wen, and Ni Tsai-Yu, while devastating left-hander Olessya Varkentin spearheaded Kazakhstan.
In the opening set, Chinese Taipei made a strong start with unchallenged power at the net to lead 4-0, thanks to Wu Fang-Yu’s attacks. Kazakhstan roared back with aggressive attacks from Olessya Varkentin, but Chinese Taipei played impeccable defence, allowing the taller rivals attacking difficulty. The set ended 25-16 in favour of Chinese Taipei.
Holding 1-0 advantage, Chinese Taipei remained in awesome form in the second set. Yeh Yu-Wen entertained spectators with her acrobatic mid-court spikes, while Tsai Yu-Chun and Yeh Yu-Wen combined well for solid blocking. Despite putting up a strong challenge, Kazakhstan still found Chinese Taipei too strong to go down 17-25.
The third set turned out to be a thriller as leads changed hands for several times. The fast-improving Kazakhstan narrowly led 22-21 before Chinese Taipei counter-attacked well, seizing the chance when the Kazakhs played erratically to win the hard-fought set 25-23 and match.
“We work very hard on our strategy in fighting against Kazakhstan since they are a strong team. Our middle blockers still played a vital role in lifting the team’s victory like we did the previous day against Korea. We next play India and hope that my girls will do their best. As far as I’m concerned, our match against Korea the previous day was much tougher than the match against Kazakhstan. We always lost to the Koreans. When we beat them, I think my players did a great job in this tournament,” said Chinese Taipei head coach Kuang Chin-Tu.
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