Tijuana, Mexico, July 18, 2009 – Chinese Taipei kept alive its hope of advancing to the Final Eight in the Women’s Junior World Championship by defeating Czech Republic 25-20, 25-10, 25-18 in Pool B action. The Asian team improved their win-loss record to 2-1 while the Europeans dropped to 0-3.
Chen Wang Ting and Chang Chen Yin led the winners with 12 and 11 points respectively and Tseng Tzu Yu charted nine points.
Czech Republic took the lead 8-6 with some good blocking but Chinese Taipei reacted to tie at 8-8 with two spikes by Tseng Tzu Yu. At 11-all, a pair of spikes by Chen Wan Ting after a Czech long serve gave the Asian a 14-11 advantage. The Czechs tied at 14-all with spike by Melicharkova followed by block and ace from Svobodnikova and Vincourova but Chen combined spike and ace for a 16-15 Chinese Taipei advantage at the second stop. Kill by Huang Wei Wen and another ace from Chen widened the difference to 18-15 forcing a Czech time-out. Later Tseng Tzu Yu gave her side a 23-18 lead with two spikes and also hit the final blow for the 25-20 win.
Chinese Taipei led 8-4 at the first technical time-out of the second set with excellent floor defense and strong serves. The constant mistakes of Czech Republic allowed Chinese Taipei to extend the lead to 12-5. After a slight Czech recovery, the girls from Taipei arrived to the second stop (16-8) driven by a four-point rally propelled by Chang Chen Yin. Things didn’t change the rest of the set and Chinese Taipei won the set 25-10 for a 2-0 lead.
The first stop of the third set found Chinese Taipei in front 8-5. Melicharkova’s spikes allowed Czech Republic to stay in the match. Spike by Chen Shih Ting followed by ace from Chen Wang Ting widened the gap to 16-9. A relaxed team of Taipei committed several mistakes allowing Czech Republic to cut the lead to 22-18. But Chang Chen Yin combined spike and ace sending her team to a 25-18 victory.