Day 5–Chinese Taipei
heads off Indonesia for tournament honours
Philippines, March 6, 2005 – Having already secured the
two tickets on offer to advance to the second round of
the 2006 Men's Volleyball World Championships on
Saturday, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia fought out an
exhilarating four-set match on Sunday at the first round
tournament (Asia Pool C) in Cebu City with Chinese
Taipei winning the competition with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-22,
22-25, 26-24) victory.
Pic: Chinese Taipei celebrate
The match was an effective final for tournament honours
with over 5,000 passionate fans in attendance and it was
Chinese Taipei, ranked 39th on the FIVB rankings, who
prevailed over a side ranked two places lower than them.
Having won the first two sets comfortably Chinese Taipei
were caught napping in the third when Indonesia pulled a
set back as the match went past the hour mark. But
Chinese Taipei soon rectified things again and it wasn’t
long after that they were celebrating their first round
The other result on Sunday saw the Philippines beat
Tonga in a five-set thriller 3-2 (25-27, 25-20, 23-25,
25-21, 15-12). It was the first time in the tournament
Tonga had won a set, let alone two and despite suffering
their fourth defeat in four matches they took plenty of
positives out of the match in what is their first
international FIVB tournament.
For the Philippines it was their second victory of the
tournament, which was enough for them to finish in third
place ahead of Macau and Tonga and send 5,500 local fans
Final standings for Asia Pool C: Chinese Taipei (second
round qualifier), Indonesia (second round qualifier),
the Philippines, Macau and Tonga.
Chinese Taipei will now head to Kazakhstan to play the
hosts, Korea and another first round qualifier in a
second round tournament in Almaty from June 17-19.
Indonesia, meanwhile, plays India, China and another
first round qualifier in a second round tournament in
Chennai from June 24-26.
This Asia Pool C is the third 2006 Men's Volleyball
World Championship tournament to have been played with
England and Sudan having already qualified for the
second round in earlier tournaments.
The next men’s tournament is an Africa Pool D Second
Round Tournament in Cairo, Egypt from March 22-27 with
Egypt, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and
Sudan playing off for a ticket to the final round in