PUNE, India (Aug. 5, 2009) - China, which failed to find its rhythm in the first phase, put up a good show in the second round scoring its second win over Canada at 25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-12 in Pool H of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship on Wednesday at Pune, India.
With one win and one defeat Canada faces Greece for finishing second. Greece and China are ahead in this pool with two wins.
China proved its attack skills today as its ace spiker Dai Quingyao scored 22 points from 45 attempts and Song Jianwei and Geng Xin collected 14 and 12 points each. Both China and Canada committed almost equal errors with 33 and 34 respectively. For Canada, DeRocco Jason, who was the best scorer, got 18 points from 40 spikes. John Perrin, Voth earned 11 and 10 points respectively. Canada did not get any point from serve.
It turned out to be a hard grind for both China and Canada, which has played more marathon matches here. China struggled against Greece the other day in a five-setter to win. This again was a hard battle as the Chinese coach said his young team was in the learning process.
Having won the first set comfortable China found the going tough in the next two sets in which did well in block and attack. In the second China did lead 16-15 after being down 7-8. But Canada raised level of its performance. Canada’s strong block and its quick finish at the net saw China struggle. Song Jinwei was erratic and hit out twice at 16-19 and 16-20. That helped Canada to consolidate its lead.
After that China could not catch Canada. It was similar situation in the third set too. China trailed 5-8, but took a 16-15 lead. But Canada made it 22-all and then spiked its way to victory. DeRocco did a commendable job.
However, China came in the fourth set as its spikers hit over the block. Dai and Song were right on top. Canada’s net defence went to pieces and the team struggled to catch up with China which trailed 7-8 but went up to 16-13 before comfortably winning the fourth set.
China virtually outplayed Canada in the fifth set. Dai played a great game both in attack and serve. He was unstoppable and Canada conceded a four point lead 4-8 and that was too difficult to make up.