Okayama, Japan, August 15, 2010 – Japan ended a good weekend of Volleyball in Okayama on Sunday with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-15, 25-11) win over Chinese Taipei at Momotaro Arena.
Japan improved to 5-1in the standings taking them to the top of the table, while Chinese Taipei dropped to 0-6 as they linger in last place.
Chinese Taipei, who have lost all five matches in the World Grand Prix by a 3-0 margin, had nothing to lose in attacking Japan. Wu Ko Jou showed her team meant business with some thumping spikes as Chinese Taipei held on to the lead through the second technical timeout. Japan finally edged ahead at 20-19 after a good block by Erika Araki on Chen Wan Ting, but they couldn't make it count. In fact, Japan had to save two set points against a team that had never gone beyond 20 points in their five previous Grand Prix matches this year. Finally, an Araki spike brought setpoint and a long shot by Wu put Japan 1-0 up.
However normal service resumed for both teams in the second set. Japan got into a good rhythm while the Chinese Taipei players found it hard to deal with their opponents. Midway through the set, Chinese Taipei failed to deal with three Japan serves and the home team was 10 points ahead by the second TTO. A neat tipover by Chie Yoshizawa gave Japan setpoint at 24-11, but their fans had to wait before the set count moved to 2-0, a long serve by Chen finishing things off at 25-15.
Japan were back in their groove at the start of the third set, streaking out to a 4-0 lead and a five-point gap at the first TTO. The best play of the night came when 159-cm setter Yoshie Takeshita made a terrific block on Teng Yen Min; she made another a few points later to put Japan 14-5 up. After that, it was plain sailing for Japan. Kaori Inoue landed some good shots as Japan established a 14-point lead. Two errors ended the match – a wide shot by Tsai Yin Feng and a netted serve by Teng.
Next week Japan host Italy, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic while Chinese Taipei host Brazil, Poland and Puerto Rico