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Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 14, 2018 – China’s overwhelming dominance continued through a fusion of skills and brute force as the reigning champions thrashed unfancied Malaysia in a completely one-sided affair 25-7 25-16 25-13 to storm into the quarter-finals of the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium here on Thursday.

Xu Luyao charted 16 points for China including 9 kills from 21 attempts and 6 solid blocks, assisted by Che Wenhan and Sun Ruoqing with the scores of 15 and 10 points respectively. Yong Jia Tian led Malaysia with 5 points.

Malaysia had no answer for the irresistible Xu Luyao and Sun Ruoqing, who were on the board immediately and followed up powerful spikes moments later to ominously stamp their authorities early in the first set.

China’s height at the net, led by 193cm Chen Wenhan and 193cm Jiao Dian, was playing havoc but the Malaysians attempted to shrug off their rust and engineer a fightback. Still, their standard of play failed to reach great heights. China took the effortless set 25-7.

Malaysia’s resilience was showcased through their gallant play in the second set, which Ngin Jia Ning and Yong Jia Tian unleashed on several blows to help the team briefly capture the pole position 9-8. China came roaring back through the mighty attacks from Xu and Sun and the spectacular blocking of Sun and Jiao for the convincing 25-16 win.

China’s superb net play continued to strangle the smaller-built rivals in the third set, with Xu’s aggression impressively resisting the Malaysians’ efforts of a comeback. After a commanding 19-13 lead, China rattled off six consecutive points to win the set and match.

“I’m happy that my girls won. 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.


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