FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei enjoy victory on day two

Mongolia is one of the teams participating in the tournament for the first time

Shuangliu, China, October 14, 2012 – Day two of the preliminary round at the 9th edition of the Asian Youth Girls’ Championship saw host country China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei picking up victories at the Shuangliu Sports Centre.

Four-time champions China saw off Vietnam in an easy straight set victory (25-4, 25-6, 25-5) to capture their first win in Pool A. The Chinese side used their height to strip Vietnam of any chance at a solid attack. Yuan Xinyue alone was a constant threat at the net, standing 199cm, but Wang Yunlu brought further damage to the Vietnamese with her attacks as well. Yuan and Wang finished off the match as top contributors with 20 and 14 points, respectively.

In Pool B, India enjoyed their first win against Australia in straight sets (25-16, 25-21, 25-22). Nabanita led the pack with eight points. The Indian side clearly gained an advantage over the opposing team, who committed 39 errors, even with Phoebe Bell’s efforts to lead Australia into a better stance.

Also in Pool B, Japan surged to a 3-0 victory (25-9, 25-13, 25-10) against Iran using their superb serving skills. Shino Nakata enjoyed a nine-point match from the service line which, combined with a variety of attacks, saw her finish with 17 points. Sarina Koga was also a huge factor, with 16 points, in Japan’s second win in the tournament.

A fiery Mongolian squad stepped up to the challenge of the Kazakhstan team, but eventually lost out in four sets (25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20) in Pool C. Mongolia was fearless in their attempts to score against their taller rivals. Burguljingua Thgsjargal and Ariuntsetseg Tungalagtamir starred for Mongolia, one of two teams entering the Asian Youth Girls fold for the first time. Errors later spoiled Mongolia’s chances, enabling Gubaidullina to stand out with a total of 24 points for Kazakhstan.

In Pool D, Chinese Taipei stunned Korea with a four-set victory (22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-18), gaining advantage from Chen Tzuya’s unforgettable service aces. While Korea looked strong with their first set success, Chinese Taipei stepped up with solid blocking, even with their smaller lineup. Tseng Wanling and Lee Yu braved the Korean attackers at the net to combine for seven points off blocks. Chen emerged as the best scorer with a 26-point contribution.

Day Two Results:
Pool A

China v Vietnam 3-0 (25-4, 25-6, 25-5)            

Pool B
Japan v Iran 3-0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-10)
India v Australia 3-0 ( 25-16, 25-21, 25-22)

Pool C
Kazakhstan v Mongolia 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20)

Pool D
Chinese Taipei v Korea 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-18)

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