Kazakhstan take last Asia ticket to 2014 Women's World Championship
Chenzhou, China, October 1, 2013 – The pool B competition of Asian Women’s Qualification Tournament for the World Championship came to an end here today when Kazakhstan took a straight-set win against India to join unbeaten China to enter the 2014 Women’s World Championship that will held in Italy from September 23 to October 12 next year.
Korea ranked third in this pool with a 2-2 record after losing their last but crucial match to hosts China missing out on a chance to take part in the 2014 World Championship. This is the first time that Korea will not take part in the Championship since 1974.
Kazakhstan dominate India 3-0
With a better chance to qualify after beating Korea, Kazakhstan focused their fire and claimed an easy straight-set win 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-11) during their final match against India.
The first set witnessed Kazakhstan’s strong willingness to qualify and despite several errors made in the middle, they lead all the way from 8-1 to 14-4 and then all the way to the end at 25-9.
India strengthened their offence in the
second set and glued the score to the second technical timeout. But their
shortage in blocking and defense did not allow them to keep the same pace in
the second set, eventually yielding to Kazakhstan 19-25.
China defeat Korea 3-0
China, who already secured a berth in the World Championship the day before, met long time rival Korea in the last match of the Qualification Tournament. China was keen to turn around a previous defeat by Korea in the bronze medal match for the Asian Senior Women’s Championships. Korea did have a chance of qualifying for the World Championships if they beat China, but China, even without the pressure of having to qualify for the World Championship, did not let up against their rivals taking the match 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17).
The lineup featured 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) on the host side and Lee Jaeeun (No. 3), Kim Suji (No. 6), Park Jeongah (No. 11), Han Songyl (No. 12), Bae Yoona (No. 16), Kim Heejin (No. 19), and Libero Kim Haeran (No. 5) on the away side.
With Xu Yunli’s spiking show in the beginning, China led 8-4 at the first technical timeout. Withstanding Korea’s fightback, China maintained the momentum and sealed the first set 25-18.
Both sides switched to attacking mode at the second set and the score rose alternately before China led 8-6 at the first technical timeout. Yang Junjing scored two successive points then to help widen the difference to four, which was kept to the second technical timeout by China despite a minor injury suffered by Xu Yunli. The final two winning points were contributed by Zeng Chunlie to finish the set at 25-17.
Korea went all out in the third set and scored seven points in a row to reverse the score from 1-4 to 8-4 before reaching the first technical timeout. China replied with five points in a row reversing the situation to lead 16-12 at the second technical timeout. Korea was no longer able to come back and lost the third set at 17-25.
Coach Lang Ping and captain Hui Ruoqi, accepted the press interview after the match in a happy and relaxed mood. “We achieved our expected goal by winning all the matches. This will inspire us to do better in the future,” said Lang Ping. “We played what we have during the tournament. And we finished our last competition this year. We will proceed according to our training plan.”
“We did not play well enough in the Asian Championships. It revealed our shortages but also showed our potential space to improve. Overall, we have done better than expected this year. Difficulties are inevitable. I believe our team will still have some ups and downs. But as long as we can improve ourselves through each match and each training session, we will certainty have a good result in the world major tournaments.”
Final result and ranking
Korea v New Zealand - 3-0 (25-9, 25-8,
Kazakhstan v Korea – 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-17,
Korea v India 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18)
India v New Zealand 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-15)
Kazakhstan v India 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-11)