Chinese Taipei, Korea, China and Japan enter semis of Asian Eastern Zonal Championship
Chinese Taipei showed excellent offence in their game against Hong Kong|
Hong Kong, China, July 4, 2014 –
Chinese Taipei, Korea, China and Japan emerged as the top teams in their
respective pools to enter the semifinals of the Asian Eastern Zonal Women’s
Volleyball Championship 2014 at the Ma On Shan Sports Centre on Friday.
On the last day of the preliminary round,
China defeated Macau 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-11). Macau fought bravely in the
match but the Chinese were more resilient in producing fierce spikes and strong
serves that immobilised the defence of their opponents.
After losing to China on the second day,
Japan got back and overpowered the Mongolian squad in straight sets (25-7,
25-12, 25-6). Japan jumped into an early 6-0 lead in the first set with its
creative offence. Japan led 8-1 in the first technical timeout and never looked
back to claim the first set. In the second and third sets, the Japanese squad blasted
the Mongolian side with strong spikes and did not give enough space for the latter
to make any comeback.
Oda Momoka showed an excellent scoring
performance, mostly on attacks that destroyed the defence of Mongolia.
Chinese Taipei outclassed hosts Hong Kong
in straight sets. The home team were unable to adjust to Chinese Taipei’s
offence from the beginning, allowing the visiting team to cruise to take
victory in the first set. Chinese Taipei controlled the second set with a 25-9
win as the Hong Kong side struggled to produce the necessary markers to stand
On the third set, the home team got support
from the crowd, which positively raised the level of the game of their libero,
who had better execution on their passing and defence. With this renewed
vigour, Hong Kong were able to close the gap 8-6 by the first technical
timeout. Hong Kong played better but still lost the match as Chinese Taipei
showed consistency in their game.