China qualify to the 2014 World Championships
Chenzhou, China, September 30, 2013 – Amid the cheering of thousands of home fans, China took a straight-set win against Kazakhstan on the penultimate day of the Pool B Competition of the Asian Women’s Qualification Tournament, securing an early berth in the 2014 Women’s World Championships in a 3-0 record match win.
The Qualification Tournament will come to an end on Tuesday, when Kazakhstan and Korea will fight for the last ticket available to Asia against India and China respectively.
India beat New Zealand 3-0
India tasted their first victory over New Zealand in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-15) win this afternoon while New Zealand finished their qualification tournament journey with four losses.
New Zealand started well leading 8-4 at the first technical timeout. But India broke loose from errors and reversed the score to 16-15 at the second technical timeout. Unable to change the situation, New Zealand lost the first set 18-25.
India maintained their momentum and led all the way from 8-4 to 16-6 taking the second set 25-13.
With nothing to lose, New Zealand countered all-out in the third set reaching a tie of 8-all. But India withstood the relentless attack and firmly controlled the tempo to secure a straight-set win, taking the third set 25-15.
China dominate Kazakhstan 3-0
China found itself facing a familiar lineup as before featuring Yin Na (No. 1), Shen Jingsi (No. 5), Yang Junjing (No. 6), Zeng Chunlei (No. 8), Xu Yunli (No. 11), Hui Ruoqi (No. 12) and libero Zhang Xian (No. 7).
Kazakhstan was given a sudden shot as China took a stormy start to a 4-0 lead. A timeout did not bring too many changes to Kazakhstan, whose defence was ruined by China’s combination of spiking and drop shots. Despite any change made by the opponent through timeout and substitution, China left behind Kazakhstan farther and farther, and capped the first set 25-12.
The second set witnessed one-sided play of host China, who totally limited Kazakhstan’s attack and let them score 8 points only.
China maintained their lineup players and momentum as well to a 5-1 lead, which caused a timeout by Kazakhstan. However, the 4-point difference was kept China to the first technical timeout. Hui Ruoqi’s spiking through double block not only helped China shift to a higher gear but also encouraged the home spectators. The scoreboard displayed 13-6, when Kazakhstan called their second timeout. China also made some errors then but returned to the right way quickly after a timeout called by coach Lang Ping. It was Hui Ruoqi again who scored time and time from left forward and helped her team seal the third set and match victory 25-17.
It should be noted that China never substituted during the match. Lang Ping, head coach of China, explained, “Kazakhstan beat Thailand and Korea before. So our goal for this match is to win. My players were concentrated during the match and they played what we prepared.”
Competition Schedule and result (Beijing Time)