Powerhouse teams dominate pool play at Asian Girls’ U18 Championship
Chongqing, China, March 7, 2017 – Powerhouse teams China, Japan, Thailand and Korea came out on top of pool play with unbeaten records in the 11th Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball Championship at Chongqing Eighth Middle School Gymnasium.
On Tuesday, China rattled their opponents Hong Kong with their strength and height advantage to record a 3-0 (25-14, 25-7, 25-11) win. China mounted solid blocks and executed an excellent counter-attack tactic against their East Asian neighbours to take the top spot in Pool A.
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Thailand topped Pool C with a straight-set 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-11) win over Australia. The Thais flaunted their firepower to dictate the tempo of the match against the Australians. The Southeast Asian side needed just one win to advance to the next round, as Kazakhstan withdrew from the tournament.
Japan and Korea topped Pools B and D, respectively, following their victories on Monday.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Chinese Taipei made the cut for the Top 8, which will be grouped in Pools E and F in the next round to determine the quarterfinal match-ups. Iran, Samoa and Uzbekistan will play in the 9th-11th classification matches.
The top four teams from the championship will qualify for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship, which will take place in Argentina from August 18-27.