HOSTS IRAN SUCCUMB TO STRAIGHT-SET LOSS TO CHINESE TAIPEI
Tabriz, Iran, June 30, 2018 – Korea got their Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship campaign off to a great start after a straight-set win over reigning champions Japan, as in-form Malaysia, getting back on track after an 11-year absence, played an easy match against Qatar in Pool F with a straight-set 25-10, 25-18, 25-10 victory on Saturday.
In the Pool B clash, Chinese Taipei struggled to beat hosts Iran in hard-fought three-setter 25-20 25-23 25-19 to register their first win at this top-flight competition. Chinese Taipei benefitted from Jackman, an originally African player who combined brilliantly with Chang H.Y. in the tough match against Iran.
“We are happy to play in Iran. We respect Iran as the Asian Powerhouses. We know it will be a tough match for us. My team showed a great team-work with good serves, solid defense and spikes,” Chinese Taipei head coach Wang Teng-Chi commented.
In Pool C, Hong Kong, exhausted from the Friday’s match which ended in their loss, suffered another setback with the 1-3 loss to Sri Lanka.
“Our rivals played very well in this match but we deserved this victory more. My players showed good team-work and we had no opportunity to analyze Hong Kong’s match against Australia on Friday,” said Sri Lanka head coach, Kumra Wendakoon.
Meanwhile, India continued their winning way. Fresh from beating Turkmenistan 3-1 the previous day, the Indians produced an exceptional 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21) victory over Kazakhstan to bag their second win in Pool D.
“Kazakhstan played very well and they bothered us in this match. We were fortunate enough to be able to close the final points of the set and stay as the top team of Pool D to move to the second round,” India head coach Thattil Chandran Jothish commented after the match.
Kazakhstan should hence face Oman on Sunday to determine their chance to move up to the second round.
“Today we lost to the experience of India. We have to analyze Oman team very carefully. If we beat Oman on Sunday, we will have the chance to go up as the second team of the pool”, Kazakhstan head coach Imangaliyev stated after the match.
At Poursharifi Gymnasium
Pool A: Korea b Japan: 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20)
Pool B: Chinese Taipei b Iran: 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-19)
Pool F: Malaysia b Qatar: 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-10)
At Shahid Aghdami Hal
Pool C: Sri Lanka b Hong Kong: 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18)
Pool D: India b Kazakhstan: 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21)
July 1 (Day 3)
Thailand v Taipei
Oman v Kazakhstan
Qatar v Turkmenistan
Australia v Sri Lanka
China v Korea
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