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Chinese Taipei maintain unbeaten record on day four of East Asian Games

Li Yuanbo of China who tallies 11 points spikes past Korean block

Tianjin, China, October 9, 2013 - Chinese Taipei had another brilliant performance at Nankai University Sport Center here on Thursday when they beat Hong Kong in straight sets after stunning Japan the previous day and now is the only team still undefeated in the men’s volleyball tournament at the 6th East Asian Games.

Meanwhile, China recovered from their defeat against Japan two days ago to clinch their first victory with a 3-0 win against Korea on the fourth day.

In the women’s competition, Hong Kong booked the last ticket to the top four after beating Guam 3-0 (25-11, 25-6, 25-9).

Chinese Taipei vs. Hong Kong 3-0

Chinese Taipei trounced Hong Kong in straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) to capture their second victory in the first match of the day.

Hong Kong led 4-1 at the start of the first set, the only lead they had in a match that lasted 69 minutes. They were soon overtaken by their opponents when the score was 10 all, at which point Chinese Taipei surged to a huge lead 16-11 and did not look back after that. The second and third set followed the same rhythm with Chinese Taipei completely controlling the game.

The majority of points was earned through errors and spiking with Hong Kong surrendering 22 errors and Chinese Taipei only 12 to their rivals. Chinese Taipei varied their attacking options through the game taking the upperhand 44-30. Wing spiker Huang Chien Feng was a dominant presence and finished with a total of 11 attacking points in addition to one block making him top scorer for the winning team. Another spiker Wang Ming Chun also contributed 10 points to the team’s comfortable victory.

Hong Kong’s best weapon was Chan Alex Chi Wai, who tallied 16 points (13 attacks and three blocks).

China vs. Korea 3-0

China recovered from their first loss to Japan and overcame their tough test with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-17) win against Korea in the second match on day four.

Korea kept China within range throughout the game thanks to a combination of spikers including captain Kim Kyumin (199cm), Ahn Woojae (196cm) and Jung Bada (196cm). But China managed to prevent Korea from surging forward and taking any points.

The match was close from the beginning, with China slightly ahead in the first technical timeout (8-6) in the first set and Korea in the second set (8-6). However, China always moved away in the middle of the sets, leading 16-12 and 16-13 until the second technical time out.

Korea started the third set well, attempting to stage a comeback  by forging ahead 4-0 and then widening the gap to 8-2. Though China managed to narrow the difference, Korea still led their opponents 16-12 the taller Chinese team with the line-up’s average height reaching 202cm. As the set progressed, China succeeded in blocking their way  gradually,  narrowing the points deficit and leveling the scores  at 16.. When the points leveled at 25, two brilliant consecutive blocks by Chinese players brought them a straight sets win. 

Korea had a 43-40 advantage in attacking and 3-2 in services. But China out-blocked Korea 12-1 and made fewer mistakes 23-19.

The men’s standings as of October 9:

1. China six points (three matches played)
2. Chinese Taipei five points (two matches)
3. Japan four points (two matches)
4. Korea three points (two matches)
5. winless Hong Kong (three outings).

Thursday’s schedule features the following matches

China vs. Chinese Taipei 
Japan vs. Korea

Chinese Taipei vs. Guam for the fifth place

The results are as follows:

Day one

Pool A: China vs. Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-16)
Pool B: Japan vs. Hong Kong 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-11)

Korea vs. Hong Kong 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23)

Day two

Pool A: China vs. DPR Korea 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 24-26, 25-14, 15-7)
Pool B: Japan vs. Guam 3-0 (25-6, 25-5, 25-5)

Japan vs. China 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18)

Day three


Pool A: DPR Korea vs. Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-21)


China vs. Hong Kong 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-21)
Chinese Taipei vs. Japan 3-2 (22-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-12)

Day four


Pool B: Hong Kong vs. Guam 3-0 (25-11, 25-6, 25-9)


Chinese Taipei vs. Hong Kong 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-17)
China vs. Korea 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 27-25)


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