FIVB Women’s World Championship 2014 Asia final round qualification team confirmed
With the qualification of Chinese Taipei, the 10 teams in the final round are decided. Teams ranked 1-5 in the FIVB world ranking - Japan, China, Thailand, South Korea and Kazakhstan - automatically qualified for the final round.
Australia and New Zealand also qualified automatically since no other team registered in their Oceania Zone, while Vietnam, India and Chinese Taipei topped the South Eastern, Central and Eastern Zone tournaments respectively to join them.
The final round will be held in Japan and China in September with five teams each in Pool A and Pool B. The top two teams from each pool will book their berths in the 2014 FIVB World Women’s Volleyball Championship in Italy.
Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong were the only two teams contesting the AVC Eastern Zone Women’s Qualification Tournament, from which only the winning team would make it to the 10-team final round. DPR Korea, which sent their entry, did not arrive.
Chinese Taipei, ranked 28th in the world, were hot favourites but Hong Kong, ranked 112th were very energetic and active on the court and took advantage of serving and receiving errors by Chinese Taipei, levelling the scores several times until the middle of the first set. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wan-Ting then picked up her game and her powerful spiking penetrated Hong Kong’s defence to lead the hosts home in the first set 25-15.
Going down one set, Hong Kong regrouped and hit back with S.N Tsang and P.S Lee unleashing spectacular cross-court spikes, leading all the way to the second technical timeout. Though similar in size, Chinese Taipei played more confidently and gradually pulled back. Wang Ai-Shih, a tall middle blocker, was particularly effective, helping Chinese Taipei to rally back and take the second set 25-20.
The third set turned out to become a one-sided affair. Hong Kong tried hard to fight back but their attackers were just not strong and powerful enough to put the ball away. Chinese Taipei wrapped up the set 25-10.