PLAYERS / SUBSTITUTES
The smallest team in the
tournament (height average 1.72m), they operated the most complex offensive
system run by setter Chian Yi Hsieh. She allowed, middle player Shih Ting Chen
(150 points), to be the top scorer in the tournament and used diagonal player
Wan Ting Chen (110 points) in many combination attacks. Their middles were the
only players who ran and hit 2nd tempo balls behind quick attackers,
from either power or diagonal positions.
Overall they were mid pack in
skill execution except for setting and service where they ranked higher. No
surprise they were last in blocking with only 33 blocks for the tournament.
However, you only had to watch their setter to learn that smaller players can
be effective in touching balls. Ranked 5th in defense they were not
helped by their blocking to achieve this level. Middle Shih Ting Chen had 10 of
those blocks to led her team and she was the best attacker in the tournament
with 50.79% kill, Libero Yang was efficient in her first contact skills ranked
5th in digging (3.53 digs per set), 4th in receiving (50%
perfect), 4th overall ranking for liberos.
Offensive System: 5-1
- The only team in
the Top 8 that had quick combination plays based on their super middle
player and #1 their Diagonal player
- Power players
used the hands of the block very effectively. At times it seemed that
teams hated to block as they had difficulty in finding the right timing
and height vs left hander, Tseng and diminutive power Huang.
- Setter read the
cues of opponents well and is especially effective in transition and
broken play situations. You can see her looking at the opponent blockers
before many plays were executed. Her use of the left-handers on the court
(power and diagonal) gave them effective attack execution.
- Used Diagonal
(1) and Middle (11) in combination with both hitting 2nd tempo
in combination attack action – no other team used this tactic.
Defensive System: 6 Back
- Depends upon
their smaller blockers touching balls but very good at attack transition
when they opponents do not execute. The slide was very effective for them
and set up 1vs 1 with their powers.
players did a lot of digging behind their blockers as teams did hit over
the block in many cases.
- Many variations
with their diagonal player and top scorer middle doing most of the damage
only team with 3 spin server’s who were all fairly consistent.
- Read attackers
well and end up in many ‘downball’ situations and effective transition
digs, which went back into attack opportunities.
- Blockers were
effective in not allowing attacks into the center of the court and their
backcourt diggers did well in handling most miss-hit or non-powered
- To beat them
opponents had to use their middles in attacking which eventually allowed
more 1vs 1 attacking situations.
- Effective use of
all players, left-handers gave opponents difficulty.
- Power players
were very good at giving different timing to opponent blockers and off
speed play and wipe-off attacks kept blockers and diggers off balance.