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Iran hand Japan first loss in 10th Asian Boys U18 Championship

Double block by No. 4 Mousavigargari and No. 6 Mojarad of Iran against Japan's attack
 Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 11, 2014 – The 10th Asian Youth Boys U18 Volleyball Championship completed its second round of pools here Wednesday and saw Japan taste their first loss after being defeated by unbeaten Iran.

Iran 3-0 Japan (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) 
In the first set, Japan’s defence helped them stay in the game before Iran sped up with a 6-1 run to lead 22-16 through their outstanding attacking and aggressive services. Iran finished the first set with 25-19 with a drop shot from Mousavigargari Mirbabak. In the second set, Japan kept even with Iran to 13-13 through their defence and combination work. However, they suddenly misfired and Iran went on an 8-0 run, leaving Japan no chance to catch up. In the third set, Iran streaked ahead 11-4 lead and were 10 points ahead at 15-5. Although Japan were able to reduce the difference a little, they were not able to stop Iran from taking the third set. 

Turkmenistan 3-1 Qatar (23-25, 25-16, 25-23,25-21) 
This was a very close that took close to two hours to finish. Turkmenistan made 39 errors but they won 49 points from Qatar’s errors. On the other hand, they scored 15 points from blocking while Qatar only made two blocks. 

China 3-1 Australia (25-19, 17-25, 25-21, 25-21) 
China went ahead 13-11 in the first set and Australia made mistakes in passing. China finished the set with three direct attacks at 25-19. Australia started the second set 8-1, including two points from positioning faults by China. Attacks by Hu Jianwei and No. 15 Li Yize brought China close at 10-8 but Australia made a 7-0 run in return, enabling them to take the set. China came back into the match in the third set. The teams were tied at 19-19 but China went on a 6-2 run to take the set. With aggressive attacks, China established their advantage from the beginning of the fourth set and were 8-4 up at the first technical timeout, a margin they maintained to the end.

Chinese Taipei 3-0 Sri Lanka (25-20, 25-18, 25-11) 
Depending on their superior height, Chinese Taipei put big pressure on the host team by blocking nearly all the spikes from Sri Lanka’s big guns, No. 4 Madushanka Fernando Thammitage and No. 9 Bandara Mudiyanselage Kumara. The score at the second technical timeout was 16-11 and Chinese Taipei were able to hold on to take the set. Sri Lanka’s setter made four errors in a row and gave Chinese Taipei a 4-0 lead at the start of the second set. Chinese Taipei led the first technical timeout 8-2 but they also made mistakes after that and let Sri Lanka come back with a 7-1 run to 9-9. Neither team could break the tie until Chinese Taipei scored four points in a row to 19-15. With No. 15 Jan Min Han’s back-line attack, they got the set point, after which No. 2 Su Sheung Min finished the set with a powerful spike on the left side. Chinese Taipei started the third set 8-4 and soon they widened the gap to 22-10. At 24-11, Lee Chia Yung, head coach of Chinese Taipei sent No. 10 Tsai Chis Chun on court, who repaid his coach with a serve point to finish the match. 

Korea 3-0 India (25-15, 25-16, 25-20) 
In the beginning of the first set, Korea made a 14-8 lead by their quick combination and then widened the difference to 24-15. With an ace serve by No. 15 Kim Jeongho, the first set ended at 25-15. Korea started the second set by establishing a 9-3 lead. India came close to 11-14, but Korea answered with a 4-0 run to 18-11, forcing India to call a timeout. Korea kept the advantage to 24-16 and finished the second set with a spike. India made some tactical adjustments and started the third set with a 9-4 lead by focusing on blocks. But Korea turned the set around with an 8-0 run to 21-14. Following a powerful spike by No. 15 Kim Jeongho on the left side, the Koreans captured the third set and the match. 

Turkmenistan 3-1 Qatar (23-25, 25-16, 25-23,25-21) 
China 3-1 Australia (25-19, 17-25, 25-21, 25-21) 
Chinese Taipei 3-0 Sri Lanka (25-20, 25-18, 25-11) 
India 3-1 Korea (25-15, 25-16, 25-20) 
Iran 3-0 Japan (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) 

Team Ranking after 2nd Round of Pools for Top 8 
    Pool E                          Pool F 
1                Chinese Taipei            Iran 
2                China                          Japan 
3                Sri Lanka                     Korea 
4                Australia                     India 


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