Japan, China and Chinese Taipei qualify for 2013 FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship
Shuangliu, China, October 22, 2012 – Japan earned their fifth title at the 2012 Asian Youth Girls’ Championship with a rousing 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18) victory against hosts China on Saturday at the Shuangliu Sports Centre. They qualified for the 2013 FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship, along with China and Chinese Taipei as the top three teams in Asia.
In the showdown between China's Yuan Xinyue and Japan's Sarina Koga, it was Koga who came out ahead - she finished as the tournament's best scorer and MVP|
The Japanese side relied on their most formidable scoring weapon, Sarina Koga, to steer past the equally tenacious Chinese lineup. Koga played a consistent game, launching ferociously from her favourite spot at left wing, and soaring from the backline as well.
The Chinese squad relied on their strong front line to impose a tough challenge on Japan. Yuan Xinyue unleashed her unyielding attacks down the middle, and Wang Yunlu and Hu Mingyuan likewise provided offensive power at the wings.
But the Chinese blockers could not post an effective defence against the Koga scoring machine. Once the Japanese hitter took the first step, it was nearly impossible for defenders to catch up and attempt at decent deflection.
Japanese setter Airi Tahara orchestrated the Japanese offense very well, setting up Koga with clockwork precision. She also helped Shino Nakata and Misaki Shirai to operate effectively at the wings, steering Japan to their fifth title. Their first victory was in the tournament’s first edition in 1997, after which they triumphed in 2007, 2008, and 2010. This win puts them ahead of China, who have four titles.
In the bronze medal match, Chinese Taipei beat Korea 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-17). Tseng Wanling emerged as a force at the middle for the Chinese Taipei side, scoring a total of 18 points. Lee Yu likewise worked on a strong game from the wings, making a 13-point contribution. Korea tried to retaliate, with Lee Hanbi and Jimin Kyeong converting their attacks, but Chinese Taipei broke their opponents’ rhythm as Tseng, in particular, played a huge role upfront. The Korean hitters suffered from misfires and errors, and fell out of contention.
Chinese Taipei improved from their 5th place finish in 2010.
In the tournament’s classification matches, Thailand took fifth place with a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-17, 25-18) against India. Kazakhstan settled for seventh as they succeeded in their match against Hong Kong, winning 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18).
As the host country, Thailand will also join Japan, China and Chinese Taipei at the 2013 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship.
Teams’ Final Ranking:
3. Chinese Taipei
8. Hong Kong
13. Sri Lanka
Best Scorer: Sarina Koga (JPN)
Best Server: Chen Tzuya (TPE)
Best Attacker: Hu Mingyuan (CHN)
Best Blocker: Yuan Xinyue (CHN)
Best Setter: Airi Tahara (JPN)
Best Libero: Lin Miaohua (TPE)
Most Valuable Player: Sarina Koga (JPN)
- USA’s Walsh Jennings/Ross vs. Spain’s Lili/Elsa for women’s gold medal Sunday at $800,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Brazil, Italy, Latvia and USA earn men's semifinal spots Saturday at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Walsh Jennings/ Ross leading women’s field to Saturday semis at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Italy’s Rangheiri/Caminati win twice Friday to earn quarterfinal spot at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Hughes/Claes enjoy ‘summer school’ on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
- Latvia’s Samoilovs/Smedins win their pool 3-0 on Thursday
- Spain’s Fernandez/Baquerizo lead six 3-0 women’s duos to elimination rounds
- USA’s Walsh Jennings/Ross enjoy two home sand wins Wednesday in Long Beach
- USA Olympians Lucena/Dalhausser start quickly at Long Beach Grand Slam
- Trips to Toronto at stake in Long Beach
- Press review: Volleyball still making headlines after rumble in Rio
- Brazil’s George/Thiago progress to main draw at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- USA’s Larsen/Flint among eight women qualifiers for main draw at $800,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
- Priddy completes fourth Olympics with pride
- Joy and gratitude for silver medallists Agatha and Barbara
- Serginho highlights role of libero with Rio 2016 MVP award
- Press review: Brazil crowned in spectacular Olympic finale
- MVP Zhu Ting celebrates Chinese team spirit
- Alison and Bruno split gold medal with coach
- From Rio to Tokyo, the countdown for 2020 is on!
- Social media heats up as Brazil top volleyball world
- For USA’s Lee, “Tokyo no, World Championships yes, if they will have me!”
- 2016 FIVB World Tour regular season finale in USA at $800,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam in SoCal
- Tetyukhin's quarter-century Olympic journey comes to tearful end
- Lang Ping becomes first person in volleyball to win Olympic gold as player and coach
- China ride wave of fans' support to gold
- Volleyball men's top guns set for final battle in Rio
- Social media takes Maracanazinho women's medal match drama around the globe
- Dutchmen “floating” home to meet the "King"! Then Toronto?
- Sloetjes rises above disappointment, looks ahead to Tokyo 2020
- Women's Rio 2016 final an all-female affair
- Europeans showing no gap exists with traditional powers
- This is what it's all about: The medals of Rio 2016
- 16 days of Volleyball House activity ends in true Rio style
- Kiraly “phenomenal feeling” after winning fifth Olympic medal
- Video: The Today Show’s take on Bossaball
- Order rules as referees visit Volleyball House
- 2016 FIVB World Tour update after Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Magic of Copacabana takes over social media
- Unique Maracanazinho semifinal atmosphere captured on social media
- Rematches of Athens 2004 for gold and bronze in Rio 2016
- Medal time is here for women’s tournament
- FIVB delivers impressive sports presentation masterclass at Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Flashback Friday: Volleyball House celebrates Brazil’s Atlanta 1996 heroes
- Alison and Ludwig top Rio 2016 Olympic performers
- Copa Courts sets the scene for future Special Olympics activities
- TALKIN’ STATS: Rio 2016 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball Men’s Review
- Alison and Bruno hit new heights on way to Olympic glory
- Final chance to have your say and win
- Olympic anniversary celebrated with Legends match