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Preliminary Round completed at 10th Asian Youth Boys U18 Volleyball Championship

No.2 Sato Kenji of Japan spiking over the block
Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 9, 2014 - Sri Lanka, Iran, Chinese Taipei and Japan remained unbeaten and topped their respective pools at the end of the preliminary round of the 10th Asian Youth Boys U18 Volleyball Championship. Teams now play a classification round from September 9-10.

Australia 3-1 Saudi Arabia (26-24, 16-25, 26-24, 26-24)
It took Australia 125 minutes to end this close match against Saudi Arabia. By winning the match, Australia qualified for the top 8.

In the first set, Australia, with the advantage of height, established a four points lead at 18-14, which they retained at 23-19. Saudi Arabia then fought back to 24-24, but Australia scored two points and finished the set without giving them another chance.

Saudi Arabia took the lead in the middle of the second set, scoring 15-11. Australia fought back to 16-17 with a 5-2 run, but stopped scoring after that. Saudi Arabia scored 8 points in a row and finished the set 25-16.

Both teams played hard in the third set and the tie remained until 24-24. Again, Australia seized an opportunity and scored two points in a row to finish the set 26-24.

The fourth set witnessed ups and downs for both sides. Saudi Arabia started with a 4-1, but Australia replied with a 7-1 run to the first technical timeout. Saudi Arabia then scored four points in a row to 20-15 and led the set until 24-22. Australia scored four points in a row and finished the set 26-24, winning the match 3-1.

“We are still learning how to play in hard circumstances. The Saudi team is a very good team. We found it hard to find the court and put the ball away. It means we are not perfect and we still have things we can work on to improve before our next game.” said Andrew MacCaskill, head coach of Australia.

Iran 3-0 Bahrain (25-13, 25-16, 30-28)

Iran took 80 minutes to win the match against Bahrain. After leading 2-0, they played the third set mainly with bench players and almost lost the set. Out of 80 points, Iran scored 38 points from errors by Bahrain. After the match, Iran ranked first in Pool B.

“It was a good game. Bahrain knew they were going to play the 9-14th round, but they still fought with energy. We could use all the players. It was very important to exercise the players.” said Vakili Farjad Reza, head coach of Iran.

India 3-0 Qatar (25-12, 25-15, 25-10)

India took only 65 minutes to finish their match against Qatar. India’s advantage in height helped them to score 38 points by spikes, and 8 points by blocks, while their opponents could score only 37 points in total.

Sri Lanka 3-0 Kazakhstan (25-15, 25-16, 25-20)

The host team showed their dominance from the beginning of the set with a 5-1 run, and continued putting pressure on the other side through their outstanding athletic ability and fighting spirit. Kazakhstan could not organise their attacks effectively and eventually lost the first set 15-25.

Kazakhstan fought very well in the beginning of the second set, and stuck to the host team until 14-16. Thereafter Sri Lanka made a 9-2 run to finish the set with 25-16.

Sri Lanka started the third set with a 7-1 run. But after a 20-10 lead, they let Kazakhstan score 7 points in succession to 17-20. Sri Lanka called a timeout to quickly adjust their play and ended the third set 25-20.

“I feel very happy, because this is the first time Sri Lanka could be the group champion in a tournament. I told my boys, No. 3 and No. 7 are crucial players of Kazakhstan. We have to catch those two players. The boys executed very well and we won the match.” said Charles Thilakarathna.

Hong Kong 3-0 Maldives (25-8, 25-10, 25-12)

Hong Kong beat the Maldives easily in three sets 3-0, allowing their opponents only 30 points in total. The Maldives team, however, have progressed continually throughout the tournament.

“Hong Kong is a good team, we couldn’t receive well, so we couldn’t organise our attacks. It’s not a good game for us. This is the first competition we have and this is the beginning. ” said Adheel Ahmed, head coach of the Maldives.

Match Results:

Australia 3-1 Saudi Arabia (26-24, 16-25, 26-24, 26-24)

Iran 3-0 Bahrain (25-13, 25-16, 30-28)

India 3-0 Qatar (25-12, 25-15, 25-10)

Sri Lanka 3-0 Kazakhstan (25-15, 25-16, 25-20)

Hong Kong 3-0 Maldives (25-8, 25-10, 25-12)

Pool Ranking


1ST     Sri Lanka   Iran      Chinese Taipei    Japan

2ND    Australia    India    China    Korea

3RD    Saudi Arabia    Bahrain    Hong Kong, China    Turkmenistan

4TH    Kazakhstan    Qatar    Maldives    

Match schedule for Classification Round (Local times)

No    Pool    Match Date    Time

22    9th -15th    (G) KSA (3A-4C ) MDV    9th Sep – 2014    10 00

23    9th -15th    (G) HKG (3C-4A ) KAZ    9th Sep – 2014    12 00

24    1st -8th    (E) SRI (1A-2C ) CHN    9th Sep – 2014    14 00

25    1st -8th    (E) TPE (1C-2A ) AUS    9th Sep – 2014    16 00

26    1st -8th    (F) IRI (1B-2D ) KOR    9th Sep – 2014    18 00

27    1st -8th    (F) JPN (1D-2B ) IND    9th Sep – 2014    20 00

28    9th -15th    (H) TKM (3D-4B) QAT    10th Sep – 2014    10 00

29    1st -15th    (E) AUS (2A-2C) CHN    10th Sep – 2014    12 00

30    1st -8th    (E) SRI (1A-1C ) TPE    10th Sep – 2014    14 00

31    1st -8th    (F) IND ( 2B-2D) KOR    10th Sep – 2014    16 00

32    1st -8th    (F) IRI (1B- 1D) JPN    10th Sep – 2014    18 00


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