FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Straight-set victories mark day four at Asian Youth Girls’ Championship

China controlled the net in their win over Kazakhstan

Shuangliu, China, October 15, 2012 – Hosts China, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Vietnam and Iran emerged with straight-set wins Monday for the 2012 Asian Youth Girls’ Championship at the Shuangliu Sports Centre on Monday.

China copped their third win in the tournament with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-5) victory over Kazakhstan in Pool E. The Chinese enlisted the capabilities of Wang Yunlu and Yuan Xinyue to deliver unyielding spikes. They were also able to control the net and mercilessly shut down their opponents’ offensive plays.

Earlier, also in Pool E, Thailand thrashed Hong Kong 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-16) to maintain a perfect record in the tournament. The Thais’ experience and technique prevailed as they left their opponents flat-footed in defence. C. Jiraporn and S. Patcharaporn combined for a total of 21 points.

Thailand will need more powerful plays as they face a towering Chinese team on Tuesday evening.

In Pool F, Chinese Taipei beat India, likewise in straight sets (25-11, 25-12, 25-13). Chen Tzuya proved her service superiority in this match where it counted most. Her six service aces threw the Indian team off their rhythm and momentum. India’s blocking attempts failed to contain the scoring skills of Kuo Chingyi and Lee Yu.

Title holders Japan relied on their uncompromising attacks from the wings as they crushed Korea 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-16) in the other Pool F match. Sarina Koga proved to be the Japanese scoring spitfire, charting a total of 21 points. She managed to establish a strong left side for the Japanese, without receiving any solid challenge from the Korean defenders. Shino Nakata and Misaki Shirai also provided ample support from the wings, which the Koreans found too difficult to check.

Japan will battle Chinese Taipei in an earlier match on Tuesday afternoon.

In Pool G, Vietnam mauled Mongolia 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-8) through their effective orchestration of plays. L.T.Hong found her scoring groove, achieving 15 markers in the match. Meanwhile, Mongolia suffered from their unforced errors so dearly that not even substitutions could reverse their dire situation.

Iran likewise won in three sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-21) against Sri Lanka in Pool H of competition. The Iranian side asserted their supremacy from the service area, whipping up a total of 12 aces. Karimi and Talebi combined for 27 points with their attacks, which exemplified Iran’s straightforward, powerful offense.

Day Four Results:

Pool E
Thailand v Hong Kong 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-16)
China v Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-5)

Pool F
Chinese Taipei v India 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-13)
Japan v Korea 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-16)

Pool G
Vietnam v Mongolia 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-8)

Pool H
Iran v Sri Lanka 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-21)

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