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Chinese Taipei and Japan enjoy World Champs Qualification victories

Chinese Taipei played quick offense to open up space against the taller Australian players

Komaki, Japan, September 5, 2013 – Chinese Taipei and Japan enjoyed wins against Australia and Vietnam in Pool A of the Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament for the 2014 FIVB World Championships on Friday.

hinese Taipei clinch first win against Australia 
Chinese Taipei recovered from their previous loss to Japan with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-22) victory against Australia. The match began with two continuous scores by Australia but Chinese Taipei responded by scoring five points in succession and began to dominate the match.

Australia’s ace spiker, Rachel Rouker scored nine points with spiking and two from serving, but it wasn’t enough to stop her team from winning.

Wan-Ting Chen, who led scoring for Chinese Taipei with 19 points said; “During the match we learned many things. We do not have many chances to play against such tall players, so it was a good experience for us to improve our offence and defence.”

Japan add second victory, with 3-0 success over Vietnam
Japan claimed a straightforward 3-0 win (25-9, 25-16, 25-20) against Vietnam despite changing three starting players from their match against Chinese Taipei. 

The new players answered their head coach’s call, including 22 year-old wing spiker Yuki Ishii who led Japan’s scoring with 14 points.

Ishii said, “The opponent’s blockers are taller than yesterday (Chinese Taipei), but our tactics worked out. We were able to serve more effectively.” 

“It was our first match in this competition,” Vietnam’s captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa said. “Japan played well. Their serving was good.”

Competition Schedule: (Time: JST)
*September 6, 2013
16:00 [Women] Thailand vs. Chinese Taipei
19:00 [Women] Australia vs. Vietnam

*September 7, 2013
16:30 [Women] Vietnam vs. Thailand
19:20 [Women] Japan vs. Australia

*September 8, 2013
11:00 [Women] Chinese Taipei vs. Vietnam
14:00 [Women] Japan vs. Thailand

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