CHINESE TAIPEI JOIN JAPAN, CHINA AND THAILAND IN 6TH AVC CUP SEMI-FINALS
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, September 19, 2018 – Chinese Taipei pulled off a stunning victory over Korea to go up against Japan, as a daunting task awaits Thailand when the host side will challenge defending champions China in the Friday’s semi-finals of the 6th AVC Cup for Women at the Chartchai Hall.
Chinese Taipei lost them all in the pool round-robin preliminaries, but their 3-1 (18-25 25-20 25-15 26-24) victory over Korea, their first win at the top-tier tournament, really mattered as it earned them a crucial berth in the semi-finals, where they are due to take on Japan.
“I’m satisfied with my team’s performance. Our service reception and defence are the improved strategy for the effective attacks against the Koreans. We did many things to keep our players cool down. With good concentration, I believe that it can help us beat Korea and it worked out well when we played the Koreans. We will next play Japan. We will do our best to beat them,” Chinese Taipei head coach Yao Cheng-Shan commented after the victory.
Fired-up Japan produced a magnificent come-from-behind 3-1 (20-25 25-23 25-12 25-23) victory over Vietnam for a place in the semi-finals.
“We lost the first set against Vietnam because of several mistakes we made including service and reception. That was a big point for our loss in that set. However, we could come back because our improved tactics and teamwork worked out pretty well in the third set. No matter which team we will play, we will do our best,” Japan coach Kiyoshi Abo commented after the match
Meanwhile, title-holders China saw off Iran in a completely lopsided clash 25-11 25-12 25-16 to be pitted against hosts Thailand in the semi-finals.
“We played well in this match according to our game plan. The next match will be much tougher for us because we have to play Thailand, one of the strongest teams in this tournament. We will do our best,” China head coach Shi Hairong said after the match.
Thailand also faced no issues in shutting out Australia in straight sets 25-20 25-21 25-13 to secure their berth in the semi-finals, where they are due to face the indomitable China, which have won the AVC Cup title for four times in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016.
“We made a poor start in this match against Australia because, I think, we feel exhausted from the morning training. After that, we adjusted our system and we started to play much better. We have to admit one thing that Australia are one of the strong teams with good playing system. In our semi-finals against China, I think they are very strong. To meet them is beneficial for us as we can test our team before heading to the World Championship in Japan. Though smaller in size, we will play our form and we will do our best against the Chinese,” Thailand head coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul commented.
Thursday is a rest day. The competition resumes on Friday with Kazakhstan taking on Vietnam, Iran playing Australia and the Philippines facing Korea in the 5th-10th playoff matches, while Chinese Taipei challenge Japan and Thailand take on China in the semi-finals.
Thailand b Australia 3-0 (25-20 25-21 25-13)
Chinese Taipei b Korea 3-1 (18-25 25-20 25-15 26-24)
Japan b Vietnam 3-1 (20-25 25-23 25-12 25-23)
China b Iran 3-0 (25-11 25-12 25-16)
SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
09.00am: 5th-10th Playoff: Kazakhstan v Vietnam
11.00am: 5th-10th Playoff: Iran v Australia
13.30pm: 5th-10th Playoff: Philippines v Korea
16.00pm: Semi-finals: Chinese Taipei v Japan
18.30pm: Semi-finals: Thailand v China
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