CHINESE TAIPEI’S ONSLAUGHTS PROVE TOO MUCH FOR UNDERDOGS MACAO
Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 14, 2018 – Chinese Taipei proved a class above Macao following their exceptional 25-11 25-12 25-12 victory over the unfancied opponents to book a quarter-final berth at the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium here on Thursday.
Kung Shih-Wen chipped in with 11 points including 5 ace serves for Chinese Taipei, while Lei Keng Lai led Macao with 7 points.
Chinese Taipei seemingly were superior in every department against the lack lustrous Macao, which have yet won a match in this top-tier competition. Kung’s accurate serving was causing Macao’s problem as Chinese Taipei took an initial 8-1 lead, while sensational blocking from Tsai Yi-Liin and Tsai Yu-Chun and Wu Fang-Yu’s seismically powerful display helped the formidable side advance to 21-8. However, two pinpoint serves from Wong Wai reduced the Macao’s gap to 10-21, but their brave courage was short-lived as the opponent’s superb scoring run came through from that moment to the end. Chinese Taipei grabbed the comfortable set 25-11.
In the second set, Chinese Taipei combined extreme power through Wen Yi-Chin’s spikes with scintillating blocks from Tsai Yu-Chun and Kung as the team led 16-7 at the second technical timeout. After that, Chinese Taipei had a blistering run of points under the impeccable serving of Kung and lightning-fast spikes by Wen Yi-Chin for another swift 25-12 win.
The third set was a Chinese Taipei’s true procession towards convincing victory. As Macao suffered from unforced errors and a lack of communication when the going got tougher, Chinese Taipei showed a dose of grit as Tsai Yu-Chun and Yeh Yu-Wen appeared to be the impregnable wall and Liu Shuang-Ling produced incredible accurate serves to lead by wide margin 17-9. Wu Fang-Yu and Yeh took turns unleashing on several powerful blows to help Chinese Taipei capture the set 25-12 and match.
“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 after the match.
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