China and Chinese Taipei take wins in 6th East Asian Games
Tianjin, China, October 8, 2013 – Chinese Taipei rallied past to beat Japan in a thrilling tie-breaker while China defeated Hong Kong in straight sets to claim their first victory out of two outings in the men’s tournament of the 6th East Asian Games here on Tuesday.
Chinese Taipei defeat Japan 3-2
Chinese Taipei clinched a dramatic match, pushing through from two sets down to beat Japan 3-2 (22-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-12) in the second match of the day.
Wang Ming Chun and Huang Chien Feng finished with 21 and 19 points respectively to lead the score charts for the winning side while four Japanese players reached double figures with Chijiki Shunsuke and Hoshino Hidetomo both collecting 22 points, Dekita Takashi and Fushimi Tamato adding 15 and 10 points respectively.
Both teams scored three aces, with Japan maintaining a slight advantage in attacking (68-65) and blocking (11-10). But Japan made 30 mistakes compared to Chinese Taipei’s 18.
Led by the strong spikes of Chijiki Shunsuke and Hoshino Hidetomo, Japan rallied from 6-8 to 16-13 in the first set, providing little opportunity to their opponents to score, which allowed them to take the set 25-22. Japan took an 8-3 advantage in the second set but the Japanese increased the distance to 16-12. Though Chinese Taipei cut the gap to 17-16, Japan continued to produce consistently, closing the score at 25-21.
The third set saw the Chinese Taipei side taking a 8-5 and 16-12 lead on account of the strong spikes from Wang Ming Chun and Huang Chien Feng, who took advantage of Japan’s serving errors. The attacks by Chinese Taipei kept them in the lead till the end of the set with a score of 25-17. Encouraged by their third set win, Chinese Taipei played better and with more confidence in the fourth set, leading 8-5 and 16-13 until the technical time out. Japan, suddenly under great pressure, made several unforced errors, losing the set 25-21.
Both sides fought for every point with much effort, but the combination of blocks and powerful attacks gave Chinese Taipei a three-point lead in the tie-breaker at 10-7. Japan cut the distance to 11-9. But Huang Chien Feng responded immediately with two clean shots from the left side, widening the gap to 14-11 for the match point.
China beat Hong Kong 3-0
China won their first match in a convincing manner. The Asian powerhouse proved too strong for their second opponent Hong Kong, achieving a straight-set victory 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-21) in the first match of the day.
Hong Kong took advantage of China’s many mistakes (five in serving and two in attacking) in the first set, creating a close match in the first set. But China’s powerful blocks and spiking not only brought the team from behind, but also helped them break away in the score, finishing the set at 25-18.
China completely dominated the second set despite the fighting spirit of Hong Kong. China led 8-4 and 16-6 a ending up with a 25-12 win. With a whole-hearted fight for every ball, Hong Kong were able to keep up with China’s pace through the third set. However, China managed to stay more focused on court to gain a significant advantage. In the last rally of the match Wang Ho affirmed his team’s great performance with a brilliant block to take the final set 25-21.
China made 18 unforced errors to Hong Kong’s 14. Tang Chuanhang, Du Kunyu and Xia Runtao collected 18, 12 and 10 points for China while Chan Alex Chi Wai topped Hong Kong with 14 points.
The results are as follows:
Chinese Taipei vs. Hong