CHINA CLAIM 5TH PLACE AFTER PREVAILING CHINESE TAIPEI 3-1
Manama, Bahrain, July 28, 2018 – Title-holders China pulled off a fantastic 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Chinese Taipei to end their campaign with a well-earned 5th position at the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship at Isa Sport City Hall on Saturday.
China, which stunned reigning champions Iran 3-2 in the final showdown to capture the Asian title at the previous edition in Chinese Taipei, started the opening set with amazing power to take the first set 25-19. As China remained in superb form in the second set, Chinese Taipei counter-attacked well to blunt the formidable rivals’ efforts and snatch the second set with the similar margin 25-19.
Soon after the Chinese side regained their confidence and started to produce quality with promising Baolin Yuan, Diao Jianfei and Tian Cong helping their team close out the next two sets 25-20 25-22, match and the fifth place.
With 3-3 records in this championship including wins over Australia, Saudi Arabia and Chinese Taipei and disappointing losses to Korea, Iran and Iraq, China finished 5th place. Chinese Taipei left the venue in 6th place with four wins and two losses including a crucial match against Thailand in the semi-finals.
Chinese Taipei coach Yeh Chung-Kuei found the new format unfair and said: “Japan had the same problem in this tournament. It is really unfair to see the fate can completely be changed with this new formula.”
China head coach Hang Li was also unhappy with the completion, newly applied for use for the first time this year by the AVC. “We did not achieve what we had already planned. My players were influenced by outside factors like the way referees made mistakes. We should work on the mentality of players to make them stay stronger in these situations.”
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