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Japan, China and Korea open Asian Eastern Zonal Championship with straight set wins

China display solid defence at the net against Mongolia

Hong Kong, China, July 2, 2014 – The Asian Eastern Zonal Women’s Volleyball Championship 2014 kicked off with seven participating teams at the Ma On Shan Sports Centre on Tuesday.

In the three-day preliminary round, teams are grouped into two pools and will play a round robin format, where there will be three matches per day. The top four teams will advance to the semifinals and its winners will play the final match, while other teams play the classification matches.

Hosts Hong Kong will play Korea and Chinese Taipei in Pool A; while China, Japan, Macau and Mongolia will face each other in Pool B.

During the opening day, China, Japan and Korea showed their power to clinch easy victories over their opponents.

Japan claimed an overwhelming victory over Macau in straight sets (25-6, 25-5, 25-6). After losing the first two sets, Macau tried hard to buck their losing trend in the third set but were unsuccessful as they were outplayed by the experienced Japanese squad.

China defeated Mongolia 3-0 (25-5, 25-14, 25-12) with a display of powerful attacks and solid blocks. Mongolia braced up in the last two sets after a poor finish on the first set, but China consistently ran their offence to put some comfortable distance on the Mongolians.

Korea met a strong challenge from the host team even though the former triumphed over the latter in straight sets (25-16, 25-19, 25-15). The hosts displayed decent plays to rattle the much experienced Koreans early in the first set and even got a 6-1 advantage on the second set. The Koreans, however, kept their composure to clinch the second set and carried their momentum into the third set and secure victory.

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