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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 their ground.

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.





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