China and Iran still undefeated at 9th Asian Youth Boys’ Volleyball Championship
Iran earned their first second-round victory in 70 minutes against a strong Chinese Taipei team, winning 3-0 (25-21,25-12,25-10). On day five they relied on strong blocking to earn a 3-1 (25-14, 17-25, 25-20, 25-18) upset over Korea.
Kazakhstan claimed their first win on day four playing against Turkmenistan. The Kazakhstan players showed high spirit and good awareness in the fifth and deciding set to win 15-9 and edge out Turmenistan 3-2 (21-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-13, 15-9).
Also on day four, Korea took 71 minutes to knock out Sri Lanka in straight sets (25-16, 25-19, 25-21). Jeong Dong-Geun of Korea, with 14 points, was the best scorer of his team. Sri Lanka’s Panadura Acharige recorded nine points for his team.
In-form India could not resist China for more than 65 minutes, and lost their day-four match 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-19). Zhang Zhejia of China scored 12 points, while Atul Kumar Singh of India had nine for his team.
In the last match of the fourth day, Japan took 61 minutes to defeat Thailand in straight sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-13). It was Japan’s third straight win of the tournament after defeating India and Turkmenistan in the preliminaries.
Japan went on to face China on day five for first place in Pool F. Both teams came into the championship as favourites, generally considered two of the four top teams. In their matchup it was China who came out ahead, winning in straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-21). Japan’s advantage in serving was not enough to overcome China’s better blocking and spiking. Tang Chuanhang and Zhang Zhejia were China’s top blockers, and with 12 points Zhang was also the best scorer of the match. Japan’s Ishikawa Yuki recorded 13 points for his team.
Also on day five, Chinese Taipei outlasted Sri Lanka to win in five sets (25-17, 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-7), with Huang Hsiang recording 20 points for the winners and Senanayaka Ravindu matching that total for the losing side.
In another five-set marathon, India overwhelmed Thailand 3-2 on the strength of a 22-point performance from Atul Kumar Singh. Thailand’s Pussadu Sirithep was the game’s top scorer with 25.