Excitement continues on day two of East Asian Games
Tianjin, China, October 7, 2013 - The women’s teams of China and DPR Korea played the first five-set match of the 6th East Asian Games here on Monday. The host team achieved their second victory at the Nankai University Sport Center as they overpowered their opponents 3-2 in the first match on the second day of action. Meanwhile, Japan also stamped their mark on the tournament beating Guam in straight sets.
The Japan men’s team started their campaign on Monday, imposing their super physical power on China, stunning their much taller opponents on the second day of competition at the volleyball tournament.
Pool A: China vs. DPR Korea 3-2
China rallied back from 1-2 down to defeat DPR Korea in a hotly-contested five-set thriller 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 24-26, 25-14, 15-7).
In the match which lasted nearly two hours, China fielded a tall and towering line-up including Yuan Xinyue (199cm), Xu Ruoya (191cm) and the Wang Yunlu (192cm) in their tough opener against the DPR Korea. The devastating spikes led by Xu and middle blocker Wang gave China an easy 25-12 win in the first set.
However, DPR Korea led by veteran coach Kang Ok Sun produced the goods in the second and third set. They blocked and attacked, making use of their tight defence at the net to capture the second set 25-20. The third set was more thrilling when both sides poured everything they had into the match. After the second technical time-out, the scores leveled from 17 all to 23 all. DPR Korea, however, remained in sparkling form to win the close battle 26-24.
Holding a 1-2 disadvantage, China came up with a gutsy display in the fourth set. Cheered on by home fans support, the Chinese team did not let them down, winning the set 25-20, forcing the match into a tiebreaker.
China led all the way in the final set of the match. Under great pressure, DPR Korea made unforced mistakes in the crucial set; five in attacking and two in receiving. Leading from 6-3 to 10-5, the Chinese girls then stretched it to 14-7. At 186cm Duan Fang sealed the set and also the match with a thundering spiking in the marathon 118-minute battle.
Xu Ruoya was the top scorer for China bagging 22 points including 18 attacks, followed by Wang Ning with 22 points. Jong Jin Sim led DPR Korea with a match-high of 25 points, including 23 spikes. But DPR Korea made a total of 31 errors compared with 20 from China.
Pool B: Japan vs. Guam 3-0
Japan romped past Guam 3-0 (25-6, 25-5, 25-5) here on Monday for their second consecutive straight-set win in only 51 minutes.
Following a comfortable victory over Hong Kong in straight sets from the previous day, Japan continued to show their consistency in their easy sweep of the match against Guam, limiting their opponents to only 16 points in three sets.
China vs. Japan 1-3
Led by four tall players with an average height of 202cm, hosts China failed to make their mark to come out with many unforced mistakes which cost them dearly.
Japan led throughout the first set winning it 25-20. The situation remained unchanged in the early stages of the second set. Japan carried out powerful attacks and a solid block and defense which foiled China’s attempts, leading 8-5 and 16-12. However, the Chinese suddenly found their form to level the scores at 24-24 from where China wrapped the set at 26-24 through their exceptional spiking and brilliant blocks.
In the third set, Japan remained in awesome form. After leading 8-5 thanks to spikes by 207cm Fushimi Yamato, Japan temporarily dropped their rhythm. The Chinese seized the opportunity to come back on track. Their determination worked out well with the Chinese roaring back to close the gap to 15-16. Again, unforced mistakes cost them dearly. Japan widened their lead with their attacks to win the set 25-21.
China badly needed the win in the next set but Japan did not give them a chance. Despite putting up a fierce fight early in the fourth set, China found it difficult to match Japan tactically and technically. Japan performed superbly in foiling the Chinese challenge. On the contrary, Chinese players gradually lost their focus and confidence, making error after error in serving, spiking and receiving. Japan clinched the set 25-18 and the 109 minute marathon match.
China outplayed their opponents with their 51-48 and blocking 11-6 but Japan made fewer mistakes to break away. China made a total of 41 errors while Japan only committed 21.
The results are as follows:
Pool A: China vs.
Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-16)
Korea vs. Hong Kong 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23)
A: China vs. DPR Korea 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 24-26, 25-14,
China vs. Japan 1-3 (20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18)
Matches on day 3
Pool A: Chinese Taipei vs. Hong Kong
China vs. Hong