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
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
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.