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China, Japan, Chinese Taipei score second consecutive win at Asian Eastern Zone Women’s Championship

China's Libero Liu Ya and her teammate dive to save the ball in the match against Macao
Beijing, China, August 27, 2012 - Powerhouse China registered a second straight-sets victory by thrashing Macao on the second day of the Asian Eastern Zone Women’s Volleyball Championship. Japan and Chinese Taipei also collected their second win from as many matches, beating Hong Kong and Mongolia, respectively, by similar scores.

The Chinese team displayed the best form during the second competition day, with a dazzling show of strength against an amateur Team Macao that was not able to respond to them. With an average height of 168cm, as compared to China’s 188cm, Macao’s lineup is the shortest among the teams competing. The match passed quite flawlessly for China 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-7).

Japan got off to a brilliant start in the opening set against Hong Kong. The power-and-speed tactics of the Japanese team, which included Ayumi Nakamura, Mai Okumura and Yumi Terai, shone through in the match. Especially devastating was left-handed spiker Nakamura, who punctured Hong Kong’s defense with her exceptional spikes. Japan clinched the set without much effort, 25-9.

Japan displayed an impressive defense, and had superior speed and court coverage. Though their rivals worked hard to fight back, the attempt was in vain. Japan took the second set 25-11. In the third set, Japan continued their gallant play to win 25-13 and record their second victory of the championship.

Chinese Taipei overcame Mongolia in comfortable fashion with a straight-sets win (25-17, 25-9, 25-15) in the first match of the day played on Wednesday afternoon. This was Mongolia’s second loss. There were tight fights for first and third sets, but overall the serving from Chinese Taipei players was more successful in putting pressure on Mongolia when they tried to fight back.

Day three fixtures: Japan vs. Mongolia, Hong Kong vs. Macao, Chinese Taipei vs. China

The results are as follows:
Day one
Japan vs. Macao 3-0 (25-7, 25-10, 25-7)
Chinese Taipei vs. Hong Kong 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-15)
China vs. Mongolia 3-0 (25-4, 25-15, 25-6)
Day two
Chinese Taipei vs. Mongolia 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-15)
Hong Kong Vs. Japan 0-3 (9-25, 11-25, 13-25)
Macao vs. China 0-3 (11-25, 11-25, 7-25)


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