KAZAKHSTAN, IRAN AND QATAR TOP THEIR POOLS AT 6TH AVC CUP
Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 10, 2018 – Kazakhstan, Iran and Qatar captured respective Pools A, B and C following two straight wins at the end of round-robin preliminaries of the 6th AVC Cup for Men at the University of Taipei (Tianmu) Gymnasium on Friday.
Kazakhstan, fresh from bagging their first win over Japan in the previous match, made it two in a row following a hard-fought 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 30-28) victory over Korea.
Winning two matches in a row, unbeaten Kazakhstan topped Pool A, and have been classified as R1 to emerge as the first team to storm their way into the quarter-finals. They will have two rest days before meeting the winners between Chinese Taipei and Thailand on Monday. Korea are thus forced to locate the second spot in this Pool and will go up against undefeated Qatar on Saturday.
Maxim Michshenko chipped in with match-high 18 points for Kazakhstan including 14 attacks and 4 blocks, while Seonggyu Jeong scored 13 points for Korea.
Backed by rapturous over 3,000 home crowd, hosts Chinese Taipei thrashed Australia in straight three-setter 25-17 25-14 25-12.
“My team won this game because we had set appropriate defensive tactics against the main scorers of team Australia,” commented Chinese head coach Yu-an Chen. “We also had observed Thailand’s match today. Against the Thai’s techniques and tactics, I think we can find our way out through the game tomorrow.”
“Thanks to the setter for trusting in me, I could power my attacking due to teammates’ support,” said Hung-min Liu, who scored a double-digit match-high 14 points for Chinese Taipei including 12 kills from 20 attempts and 2 blocks.
As defending champions Iran took the pole position in Pool B after two successive wins, hosts Chinese Taipei grasped the second spot in the Pool due to their first victory achieved at the top-flight tournament and they will take on Thailand, while winless Australia and Japan will contest each other on Saturday.
Thailand won a sensational five-set thriller 26-24 25-27 19-25 25-16 15-11 against their neighbor Vietnam.
The first set witnessed Vietnam chasing behind closely as they tied the score several times. At the very end, they made a surprising attempt through their dogged defense and saved 2 set points to a 24-24 tie. Thailand called a timeout and they did not give any more chance to Vietnam after getting back to the court. With two straight points, Thais won the first set (26-24).
At the beginning of the second set, Vietnam scored effectively and led 13-7. Konhan Amorntep launched a series of destructive service, helping Thailand catch up to a 14-14 tie. Both sides stuck to each other until 24-24 tie. Vietnamese then let Thais got one more point and grasped the intensive set (27-25).
Vietnam continued their good defense to win the third set 25-19. To fight back, Thailand fielded several substitutions in the fourth set to improve service and blocking. It worked out and Thais won the fourth set (25-16).
Team Thailand kept the same starting lineup at the final set. With constant good blockings, Thais won the tie breaker and this match (26-24, 25-27, 19-25, 25-16,15-11).
“I told my players that we should keep fighting after two intensive sets, we cannot lose today.” said Thailand head coach Monchai Supajirakul. “Chinese Taipei is a great team, and Australia has height advantage, therefore, it will be a tough game tomorrow.”
Jirayu Raksakaer scored 15 points for Thailand, while Kantapat Koonmee and Saranchit Charoensuk added 14 points apiece. Thuan Tu-Thnh contributed match-high 25 points for Vietnam.
Losing their second match, winless Vietnam have to face unbeaten Iran on Saturday.
The competition will have a rest day on Sunday, August 12 and set the final showdown on August 15.
Wednesday, 8, August 2018
Korea b Japan 3-2 (20-25 25-19 25-23 23-25 19-17)
Qatar b Vietnam 3-0 (25-20 25-19 25-23)
Iran b Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-23, 14-25, 25-21, 25-23)
Thursday, 9, August, 2018
Kazakhstan b Japan 3-1 (25-22 25-23 21-25 25-13)
Qatar v Thailand 3-0 (25-23 25-23 25-16)
Iran b Australia 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 25-16)
Friday, 10, August, 2018
Thailand b Vietnam 3-2 (26-24, 25-27, 19-25, 25-16, 15-11)
Kazakhstan b Korea 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 30-28)
Chinese Taipei b Australia 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-12)
Saturday, 11, August, 2018
11:00 Iran v Vietnam
13:30 Japan v Australia
16:00 Korea v Qatar
18:30 Chinese Taipei v Thailand
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