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Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, September 16, 2018 – China thrashed Vietnam in a totally one-sided battle 25-17 25-9 25-12 in their opening match which lasted only 62 minutes at the 6th AVC Cup for Women at the Chartchai Hall here on Sunday.

Gao Yi and Liu Yanhan chipped in with similar 15 points for China, but Gao led the team with 11 blocks and Liu with 11 attacks. Duong Thi Hen led Vietnam with 9 points.

China sent in a young, promising team led by Liu Yanhan and Duan Fang, both of them led the team to victory at the 2015 Asian Women’s U23 Championship in the Philippines. Vietnam had a strong field of national players including the 190cm Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, but just fielded substitutions.

The rhythm was with coach Shi Hairong’s girls from the very beginning of the first set as Liu, who landed the MVP and Best Outside Spikier awards at the 2015 Asian Women’s U23 Championship, tore the Vietnamese defence apart with her exceptional spikes to help China win the comfortable set 25-17.

Vietnam replaced their best players with young ones in the second set, which turned out to be a completely one-sided battle. Great serves and successful attacks from Liu Yanhan and solid blocks by Wang Meiyi and Gao Yi put China in front with a 13-point advantage at 13-0 and from then, China stormed on, making some service mistakes to clinch the effortless set 25-9.

Conceding straight two sets, Vietnam tried hard to break the jinx, but the Chinese roared on with their dominant form. Leading 22-9, China allowed the less-experienced Vietnamese three more points to see off the rivals 25-12.

“We prepared well for our first match in this tournament. I think my girls played well up to my expectation. However, we made some minor mistakes and that’s what we badly need to learn. This is a young team, but we came here to do our best for the possible best result in this tournament,” China head coach Shi Haring commented.

China are due to next take on Chinese Taipei on Monday.


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