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Asian Women's Cup Volleyball Championship set to start in China

China train hard immediately after their arrival in order to defend their title at the Second Asian Women's Cup Championship

Taicang, China, September 17, 2010 – The Chinese women’s team will begin their hard campaign to defend their top honor under the newly-nominated head coach Yu Juemin at the eight-day 2nd Asian Women’s Cup Volleyball Championship in Taicang of China from September 19-25.

The Asian top-flight women’s event draws top eight teams from last year’s Asian Senior Championship who are to make the cut for the competition, including Asian champions Thailand, China, powerhouse Japan and Korea.

The teams are divided into two pools for the round robin preliminary. Defending champions China are drawn in Pool A with Korea, silver medal winners in the last edition, Kazakhstan and Iran, while Asian champion Thailand will play against Japan, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam in Pool B.

On the opening day on September 19, China, the world No. 3, open their campaign against Iran and Kazakhstan, ranked 16th and 21st in the world respectively. And it is expected that the Chinese team will enter the next round as the pool winner. Nevertheless, Thailand as well as Japan are ready to mount a strong challenge against China. Thailand, fielding the team which won the title at the Asian Senior Championship after beating China and Japan in Vietnam, are the strong contender for the title and will pose real challenge to China. 

Team Thailand, bronze medal winner of the first Asian Women’s Cup Championship, is making great and impressive progress in recent years and has the real possibility to counter Asian traditional powerhouses China, Japan and Korea. Meanwhile the Chinese team meet serious difficulties recently. Some of the key players are in the trouble after suffering injuries and their performance in recent international competitions, especially in the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round, was not satisfactory.

Thailand will play against their first rival Japan in curtain-raisers on September 13, who lost to the Thai team at the Asian Senior Championship two years ago. It is possible for Thailand to beat their archrival again as Japan will send their second national team to the event. The major national team of Japan are concentrating their efforts and training on the coming World Championship slated on November in Japan.

Korea, who finished second two years ago, take on Kazakhstan in the day’s second match at 3pm (local time), followed by the match between Vietnam and Chinese Taipei at  5pm, China meet Iran in the day’s last match at 7:30pm.

The Championship schedule is as follows:

Sunday, September 19
Pool A: Kazakhstan vs. Korea, China vs. Iran
Pool B: Thailand vs. Japan, Vietnam vs. Chinese Taipei

Monday, September 20
Pool A: Iran vs. Korea, China vs. Kazakhstan
Pool B: Japan vs. Chinese Taipei, Thailand vs. Vietnam

Tuesday, September 21
Pool A: Kazakhstan vs. Iran, China vs. Korea
Pool B: Chinese Taipei vs. Thailand, Vietnam Vs. Japan

Wednesday, September 22
Rest day

Thursday, September 23
B2 vs. A3;  A2 vs. B3;  B1 vs. A4;  A1 vs. B4

Friday, September 24
5th -8th : L(1B-A4) vs. L(2A-3B), L(1A-4B) vs. L(2B-3A)
1st -4th: W(1B-4A) vs. W(2A-3B), W(1A-4B) vs. W(2B-3A)

Saturday, September 25
Playoff matches for 5th to 8th
Bronze medal match
Gold medal match



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