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Iran, China, Korea and Japan top their pools at Asian Youth Championship

Iran and Sri Lanka played each other for the top spot in Pool A
Tehran, Iran, October 26, 2012 – After three days of preliminary-round matches at the 9th Asian Youth Boys’ Volleyball Championship, the positions were set for the Finals with Iran, China, Korea and Japan leading the pack.

Nine of the 10 preliminary matches ended 3-0, with Japan’s 3-1 win over India the only exception.

In pool A, host team Iran took the first spot over Sri Lanka, who finished second. In Pool B, China’s two wins put them in front of second-place Thailand and Kazakhstan. Korea crushed Chinese Taipei and Australia in their matches to top Pool C, while Japan finished on top of Pool D with wins over second-place India and third-place Turkmenistan.

The top two teams from each pool proceeded to the second round of the championship in two pools – Iran, Korea, Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei in pool E, and China, India, Thailand and Japan in pool F. The bottom finishers – Australia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – were relegated to play each other for ranks 9 to 11.

China defeated Kazakhstan in straight sets (25-8, 25-14, 25-19) in the 7th match of the preliminary round. Tang Chao registered a total of 16 points for China, while Kazakhstan’s Alexander Tselykh was the top scorer for his team with eight.

Korea swept Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-23). Generally speaking the individual skill and technique of players on both team were equal, and Chinese Taipei’s excellent blocking and digging in the second and third sets caused problems for the Koreans. The Chinese Taipei team was short in height in comparison with the Koreans, however, and that made the difference.

Hosts Iran trounced Sri Lanka in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-18) in 72 minutes to win their pool in the preliminary phase of the Championship.

A struggling Japanese squad managed to edge out India in four sets (25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20). The winners played an organised, multi-faceted game while the Indians seemed to lack their good spirit. Getting past the towering Indian blockers was a constant challenge for Japan’s spikers.

Individual mistakes and carelessness from Thailand’s players cost them dearly in a three-set (25-22, 25-14, 30-28) loss to a determined China team.

Chinese Taipei, meanwhile, put in a good performance to crush Australia in three straight sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-19) to win their second match in the championship. The win put Chinese Taipei in the second spot in Pool C, and positioned them to face Iran in their next match. The Australian team, with two losses, took the last spot in Pool C. Huang Hsiang-Yuang and Chen Chao-Ming, with 16 and 14 points, were the best players for Chinese Taipei.

Japan defeated Turkmenistan 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) for their second win of the tournament.


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