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JAPAN, CHINA, THAILAND AND CHINESE TAIPEI TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR FINAL 2 WORLD U20 BERTHS


Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 15, 2018 – The 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship has reached its climax on Saturday when Chinese Taipei go up against Japan and China set up a revenge match against Thailand in the semi-finals to decide the top two teams heading to the next year’s FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship in Italy.

In the Friday’s quarter-finals at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium, defending and 12-time champions China, powered by terrific Xu Luyao and Che Wenhan, put it past battling Korea in hard-fought three-setter 25-16 25-22 25-22 to next play Thailand, the team they earlier suffered a shock defeat in pool plays.

“Two teams tried their best to win this match because it was a very important match to decider the team in the semi-finals. We did our best against Korea and I’m happy that my girls went through to the semi-finals, which we will play Thailand. We lost to them in the preliminary round and in the semi-finals, we have to play more carefully. We have to avoid making unforced mistakes and will try our best to avenge the loss,” China head coach Shi Hairong commented.

Fired-up Japan, the only team which have yet dropped a set to their respective opponents, comfortably saw off Iran in straight sets 25-14 25-15 25-6 to remain the strongest title contenders. The Japanese are playing in this top-flight championship as if they hoped to end their title drought. They captured the latest Asian title in 2008 in Chinese Taipei, where they smashed the host side’s dreams in straight sets in the final showdown.

Against the Iranians on Friday, none of the Japanese side scored a double digit as coach Kiyoshi Abo made a lot of changes in the team roster. Goya Saki and Hinata Shighihara similarly charted 8 points for Japan, while Mona Ashofteh scored 8 points for Iran.

“In this tournament, I just want to use all my players to make sure everyone in my team has a chance to learn, improve her conditions and get ready for each match. In this match, the Iranians came up with good spikes, but at the end of the first set, we could cope well with their tactics and that’s why we involved in a tense contest in some moments. In the semi-finals, we will do our best no matter which team we will play. The first set will be the most important for us because it will show the rhythm of the game. If we happen to lose the first set, we will try our best to make a comeback for the second set and maintain that form to win the match,” Japan head coach Kiyoshi Abo commented.

Thailand also keep their hopes of advancing to the final for a place in the next year’s FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship alive as the in-form outfit brushed off Kazakhstan 27-25 25-16 25-13.

“The result of the match is quite okay, but in terms of the performances, it’s not satisfying. We changed not only the team roster, but also the team’s game plan. This is just to make sure our rivals in the next round could not easily read our strategy. However, positively, it’s still alright if we think that our girls can play under pressure in a tense game like this. I consider our semi-final match as if it was our first match and if we lose, the previous matches we had played are nothing. It’s possible that we will play China in the semi-finals. We have to do a lot of homework to play the Chinese,” Thailand head coach Chamnan Dokmai commented ahead of the China-Korea match.

At the Bac Ninh University Hall, home fans left the competition venue disappointed when Chinese Taipei pulled off a dramatic 3-1 (25-22 21-25 29-27 25-20) victory over Vietnam in the quarter-finals, leaving the host side to be relegated to the 5th-8th classification. In the previous episode in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand two years ago, Vietnam made their mark to return with a fourth-place finish.

Meanwhile, the 9th-16th playoffs at the same venue saw Australia outclass Sri Lanka in a completely one-sided encounter 25-11 25-12 25-18, Hong Kong fight hard against Malaysia for an impressive 25-16 25-20 25-21 win and New Zealand brush off Macao 25-15 25-15 25-21.

On Saturday, the penultimate day of the championship, China take on Thailand and Japan play Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium, with Kazakhstan challenging Korea and Iran going up against Vietnam in the 5th-8th playoffs.

Sri Lanka are pitted against Malaysia in the 13th-16th playoffs at the Bac Ninh University Hall, while India play New Zealand and Australia face Hong Kong in the 9th-12th playoffs.

 

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

AT THE BAC NINH GYMNASIUM

QUARTER-FINALS

Japan b Iran 3-0 (25-14 25-15 25-6)

Thailand b Kazakhstan 3-0 (27-25 25-16 25-13)

China b Korea 3-0 (25-16 25-22 25-22)

 

AT THE BAC NINH UNIVERSITY HALL

QUARTER-FINALS

Chinese Taipei b Vietnam 3-1 (25-22 21-25 29-27 25-20)

CLASSIFICATION 9TH-16TH

Australia b Sri Lanka 3-0 (25-11 25-12 25-18)

Hong Kong b Malaysia 3-0 (25-16 25-20 25-21)

New Zealand b Macao 3-0 (25-15 25-15 25-21)

 

MATCH SCHEDULE

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

AT THE BAC NINH GYMNASIUM

CLASSIFICATION 5TH-8TH

12.30pm: Kazakhstan v Korea

3pm: Iran v Vietnam

SEMI-FINALS

5.30pm: Thailand v China

8pm: Japan v Chinese Taipei

 

AT THE BAC NINH UNIVERSITY HALL

CLASSIFICATION 13TH-16TH

3pm: Sri Lanka v Malaysia

CLASSIFICATION 9TH-12TH

5.30pm: India v New Zealand

8pm: Australia v Hong Kong

 

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