FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Competition heats up in day five of Asian Youth Girls’ Championship

Korea overpowered India in straight sets on Tuesday

Shuangliu, China, October 16, 2012 – Hosts China, Kazakhstan, Japan, Korea and Australia ousted their respective opponents on Tuesday for the 9th Asian Youth Girls’ Championship at the Shuangliu Sports Centre.

China copped their fourth straight win the tournament with their 3-0 match against Thailand (25-17, 25-13, 25-17). The Chinese side clearly towered over their Thai opponents but errors marked the first set of play. Wang Yunlu and Yuan Xinyue later dispatched attacks that stung the opposing team’s admirable floor defence. The Thais pushed for a gallant effort with their subtle drop spikes but this was not enough to prevent the Chinese hitters from collecting points. Lin Lin garnered a total of 15 points in the Pool E encounter with Thailand.

Kazakhstan triumphed in the other Pool E match with a five-set thriller against Hong Kong (15-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9). Hong Kong gained momentum in the match with their service aces. Yan Ching and Sze Kaiyi combined in scoring off attacks for the Hong Kong girls. Kazakhstan enlisted their tall players to attack at the middle. The strategy paid off as Hong Kong lost the endgame due to errors.

Defending champions Japan emerged victorious in their Pool F duel against Chinese Taipei, 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21), but not without a tough challenge. The Chinese Taipei defenders braved their opponents’ quick and powerful attacks. Tseng Wanling and Lee Yu stepped up on defence to ensure tighter blocks. Japan called upon Misaki Shirai to sustain powerful attacks, while the Chinese Taipei suffered from miscues in the closing plays.

Also in Pool F, Korea clobbered India in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-16) by establishing their advantage in both skill and strategy. Korea’s service likewise hurt the Indian side, with a total of 11 aces. India suffered even further with their errors, which allowed Korea’s Jimin Kyeong and Lee Hanbi to attack consistently.

In Tuesday’s opening match in Pool H, Australia snatched their first win of the tournament with a four-set match against Sri Lanka (16-25, 25-21, 26-24, 26-24). The Australian girls used their height advantage to tighten the defence at the net. They likewise maximised their attacking capabilities as captain Phoebe Bell, Louise Alford and Katie Jackson combined for a total of 27 points from attacks. Australia will face off with Vietnam in their next match on Wednesday at 10:00.

Day Five Results:

Pool E
China v Thailand 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-17)
Kazakhstan v Hong Kong 3-2 (15-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9)

Pool F
Japan v Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21)
Korea v India 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-16)

Pool H
Australia v Sri Lanka 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 26-24, 26-24)

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