Pool leaders emerge in day three of Asian Youth Girls’ Championship
Host China wasted no time in trumping Hong Kong to ascend to the top position in Pool A. The Chinese side used their height and competitive experience to their fullest extent in a three-set (25-6, 25-12, 25-12) win on Sunday. Sun Haiping and Yuan Xinyue towered over the net and decimated the subtle spikes of the Hong Kong players. China possessed unadulterated power in the match, adding service aces to their attacking and blocking prowess. Hu Mingyuan provided the most points with 10 in China’s favour, but every other player in the lineup, substitutes included, contributed to the scoring chart.
Blocking was likewise a factor for India as they edged out Iran 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22) in Pool B. India’s Krishna was instrumental in posting an effective stance, scoring seven points from blocks. Iran was able to retaliate with their 20 service aces, but their errors proved harmful in their attempt to send the match to a decider.
Japan picked up win number three to snatch the top spot in Pool B with a 3-0 (25-7, 25-22, 25-22) victory against Australia. Sarina Koga and Shino Nakata stood out as a scoring tandem, combining for 21 points. The Japanese side also eyed weak spots in the Australians’ defensive position and scored a total of 13 points from service aces.
Thailand seized Pool C leadership with their win against new participant Mongolia 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-7). While the Mongolian team stood their ground in the opening plays with their promising digs, they later suffered dearly from their errors. They completely lost their composure and only managed to send the ball over without any clear intent of power or precision. Thailand’s U. Rujira further damaged Mongolia’s morale with her 14-point contribution.
In Pool D, Korea easily vanquished Sri Lanka in three sets (25-6, 25-7, 25-9), with Lee Hanbi engineering an impressive 14-point performance. The Korean side likewise unleashed their scoring weapons from the service area, charting a total of 11 aces. Sri Lanka suffered from poor floor defence, and when they had the chance to receive properly they failed to orchestrate effective plays for their hitters.
Korea’s win lands them in second place in Pool D. Chinese Taipei already picked the top spot with their flawless card.
The 13 teams will now be reorganised according to a crossover tournament formula for the next round. The winners of the October 20 finale will advance to the FIVB Girls Youth World Championship.
China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan
Chinese Taipei, Japan, India, Korea
Iran, Sri Lanka, Australia
Day Three Results:
China v Hong Kong 3-0 (25-6, 25-12, 25-12)
Japan v Australia 3-0 (25-7, 25-12, 25-12)
India v Iran 3-1 ( 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22)
Thailand v Mongolia 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 22-7)
Korea v Sri Lanka 3-0 (25-6, 25-7, 25-9)