Japan and Thailand book tickets to the FIVB Women’s World Championship 2014
Komaki, Japan, September 7, 2013 – Thailand and Japan both booked tickets to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2014 with straight set wins against their rivals on the third day of Pool A’s Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament.
Thailand defeated Vietnam 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-19) while host Japan swept Australia 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-11).
At the end of the fourth-day competition, both Thailand and Japan kept perfect records with three wins and nine points, while Chinese Taipei and Vietnam clinched three points from a record of one win and two losses. Australia is still winless. On Sunday, the last day of the tournament, Thailand and Japan will battle for the first place in Pool A.
With Saturday’s win, Japan secured its 15th consecutive appearance in the FIVB Volleyball World Championship. Japan won the bronze medal in 2010. It will be the fourth time Thailand will compete at the FIVB Volleyball World Championships, after previously competing in 1998, 2002 and 2010. Thailand finished in 13th place in 2010.
In the Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament, the 10 teams are divided into two pools of five teams. The two best-ranked teams in each pool (total four teams) will advance to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships 2014, which will be held from September 23 to October 12, 2014 in Italy.
A: Japan (host), Thailand,
Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Australia
Thailand routs Vietnam in 3-0
Thailand routed Vietnam 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-19) and got their third straight win in the tournament. Thailand was led by Onuma Sittirak with 24 points, while Vietnam’s top scorer was Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa with 10 points. Thailand dominated Vietnam throughout the game. Thailand got seven blocking points to Vietnam’s three and seven aces to one. Vietnam committed 22 errors to Thailand’s 11.
“Today, we are very happy to win the game,” said Wilavan Apinyapong, the captain of Thailand. “This is important for us. Everybody playing in the court tried to show their best performance to get a point. Everybody tried to decrease errors on our side. We will do our best in the next game (against Japan).”
“We are very happy to win the game,” said Thailand’s head coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai. “The World Championship in Italy is very important for us. So, we focused on this match. I would like to congratulate my players and all my staff to do their best job and try to help each other.”
Japan picks up third win with 3-0 over Australia
Japan picked up their third win with 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-11) victory against Australia. Japan took 8-3 lead in the beginning of the first set and maintained the lead until the end to finish the set 25-12. In the second set, Australia took a slight lead at 8-6. But unstoppable spikes by Japan’s Yuki Ishii soon brought back the momentum to her side 16-12. From that moment, Japan only allowed three points to capture the set 25-15. Japan took the lead again in the third set and took technical timeouts 8-5 and 16-8. Australia tried to find a way to recover with the spikes of Racehl Rourke, best scorer of this match (17 points). The decisive spike by Miyu Nagaoka, however, ended the set 25-11.
“I am happy to get a ticket for World Championship today,” said Japan’s Saori Kimura. “In the World Championship 2014, we would like to do our best to get the better medal than before (bronze medal in 2010).”
“I feel relieved to qualify for the World Championship,” said Japan’s head coach Masayoshi Manabe. “We would like to finish this tournament with four consecutive victories (by beating Thailand) tomorrow.”
Standing as of September 7, 2013
Competition Schedule and results
September 4, 2013
Thailand vs. Australia 3-0
(25-17, 25-15, 25-17)
September 5, 2013
Chinese Taipei vs. Australia 3-0
(25-15, 25-19, 25-22)
September 6, 2013
Thailand vs. Chinese Taipei 3-0
(25-8, 25-14, 19-25 )
September 7, 2013
Vietnam vs. Thailand 0-3
(8-25, 14-25, 19-25)
September 8, 2013
Chinese Taipei vs. Vietnam