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Mongolia delight home fans in opener at Asian Eastern Zonal Men's Championship

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 21, 2017 - Hosts Mongolia, Chinese Taipei and reigning champions Japan all recorded straight-set wins on Day 2 of the 2017 Asian Eastern Zonal Men’s Volleyball Championship at Buyant-Uhaa Sports Arena on Sunday.

Due to the withdrawal of China, hosts Mongolia had a bye on the opening day and their first match on Sunday attracted around 2,000 spectators.

Mongolia had a sluggish start in their match against Macao, seeing them fall behind all the way from 2-8 at the first technical time-out to 14-16 at the second as they played nervously. But they fought back at the end of the first set and following a long rally finished by Ankhbayar, Mongolia reached their first lead at 19-18. Thereafter, they stormed a 6-3 wave to finish the set 25-21.

The local team played better and firmly controlled their advantages in the remaining two sets. Within 68 minutes, they conquered the team of Macao 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-17) to delight home supporters and officials on site.

Before the match, a simple opening ceremony was held featuring the welcome speech of Mr. Batsuuri Jamiyansuren, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sport, and Mr. Bayatbaatar Tsendsuren, President of the Mongolia Volleyball Association, followed by two impressive folklore performances.

Match schedule and results:
May 20

15:00 Hong Kong, China - DPR Korea 0-3 (11-25, 17-25, 14-25)
17:00 Japan - Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17)
19:00 Korea - Macau, China 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-9)

May 21

14:00 Chinese Taipei - DPR Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21)
16:00 Opening Ceremony
17:00 Mongolia - Macau, China 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-17)
19:00 Japan - Hong Kong, China 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-16)

May 22
15:00 Chinese Taipei - Hong Kong, China
17:00 DPR Korea - Japan
19:00 Mongolia - Korea

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