FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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China beat Japan to win Asian Women’s C'ship and earn World Cup spot


China celebrate after beating Japan in the final of Asian Women's Volleyball Championship on Friday

Taiwan, Chinese Taipei, September 23, 2011 – China added another gem to their extensive collection of gold medals in the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship with a thrilling 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 25-27, 25-17) victory over Japan in the title match of the 16th edition on Friday at Taiwan University Gymnasium.

In the bronze-medal match, Korea won a five-set thriller (22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 27-25, 15-13) over defending champions Thailand.

The Championship doubled as a qualifier for both the FIVB Women's World Cup 2011 and the FIVB World Grand Prix 2012. China, as champions, will move onto the World Cup in Japan, while hosts Japan qualify automatically. Bronze medallists Korea still have a chance to go to Japan if their world ranking is higher than the runners-up in other continental championships.

Korea and Thailand – in addition to Japan and China – also earned spots in next year's World Grand Prix.

China’s Wang Yimei was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while teammates Yang Junjing and Wei Qiuyue were voted Best Blocker and Best Server, respectively.

It was China’s 12th Asian crown.

Final
China 3, Japan 1

China defeated Japan in a dramatic 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 25-27, 25-17) thriller to enhance their position as the most prolific winners of the tournament.
 
The Chinese relied on effective blocks, strong attacks and killing serves as they cruised through the first two sets with little resistance from Japan. In the third set, China continued to have the upper hand until 22-19 when Japan fought back and took the set as China touched the net twice. Although Japan led in the early stages of the fourth set, China rallied with solid blocks and relentless spikes, taking the set, the match and the title.
 
Wing spiker Wang Yimei and Hui Ruoqi led China with 18 points apiece, while Best Blocker Yang Jujing added 12 points. Ma Yunwen and Zhang Lei contributed 11 points each. Saori Kimura paced Japan with 19 points, while Saori Sakoda and Risa Shinnabe both contributed seven points. China out-blocked Japan 15-4 and held a 4-3 service ace advantage. In attacks the champions had the edge 52-49 and made 21 errors to 30 by Japan.
 
Bronze-medal match
Korea 3, Thailand 2

World No. 10 Korea rallied twice to beat defending champions Thailand in a very close five-setter (22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 27-25, 15-13) to take the bronze medal.
 
Korea ace Kim Yeon Koung topped all scorers with an impressive 38 points –37 spikes and one block – followed by Kim Hee Jin with 19 points. Jung Dae Young and Yoon Hye Suk added 12 and 11, respectively. Thailand’s fierce spiker Onuma Sittirak gained 26 points for her team, followed by captain Wilavan Apinyapong with 22 and T. Pleumjit with 16. Korea held the advantage in blocks (8-5) while Thailand held an 10-5 advantage in service aces. In attacks, Korea had the edge 81-76 and made 19 errors compared with 21 by Thailand.

Fifth-place playoff
Chinese Taipei 3, DPR Korea 1

Hosts Chinese Taipei came back from losing the first set to outplay DPR Korea 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-18), claiming fifth place in the tournament, one position higher than in the last edition.
 
Five Chinese Taipei players reached double figures: Lin Chun Yi (18 points from 13 spikes, four blocks and a service point), Chen Wan Ting and Tsai Yin Feng (16 each), Liao Wan Ju (13, including five big serves) and captain Teng Yen Ming (10). Top DPR Korea player Jong Jin Sim again impressed the spectators with 19 points, followed by Kim Yong Mi with 12 points.
 
Seventh-place playoff
Vietnam 3, Iran 1

Vietnam claimed seventh place by beating Iran in four sets (25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 25-11).

Vietnam’s P.T.K. Kue scored a match-high 21 points – 18 from spikes, two from serves and one block – while captain N.T.N. Hoa and P.T. Yen contributed 17 and 11, respectively.  For Iran, the top scorer was Z. Giveh with 14 points, followed by B. Niazi and P. Zare with 11 each.

On Thursday, Kazakhstan defeated Australia in straight sets (26-24, 25-14, 25-21) to secure ninth place, while India knocked down Sri Lanka 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-13, 25-19) to finish in 11th place. 

Final positions: 1. China,  2. Japan, 3. Korea, 4. Thailand, 5. Chinese Taipei, 6. DPR Korea, 7. Vietnam, 8. Iran, 9. Kazakhstan, 10. Australia, 11. India, 12. Sri Lanka, 13.Indonesia.

Individual awards: MVP: Wang Yimei (China), Best Scorer: Kim Yeon Koung (Korea); Best Spiker: Kim Yeon Koung; Best Blocker: Yang Junjing (China); Best Server: Wei Quiyue (China); Best Setter: Yoshie Takeshita (Japan); Best Libero: Nam Jie Youn (Korea).


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