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China held to five sets on day four of Asian Women’s U23 Championship

China’s Liu Yanhan produces a powerful spike against Korea
Manila, Philippines, May 4, 2015 - China were held to five sets by Korea on day four of the Asian Women's U23 Championship in Manila on Monday, while Chinese Taipei, Japan and Thailand all claimed straight-set victories. The competition's winners and runners-up will both qualify for the  FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship, which will take place in Turkey from August 12-19.

Chinese Taipei opened the Pool E classification round for 1st to 8th place with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17) victory over Iran. Chang Li Wen unleashed five aces to score a total of 14 points.

Japan relied on their experience as they posted a straight-sets 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-15) win over the Philippines. Their well-organised teamwork and attacking patterns were key to holding the Filipinas at bay.

Misaki Tamauchi led Japan with nine points coming from seven attacks and two service aces.

Meanwhile, China battled through five sets to overcome Korea in the tiebreaker 3-2 (24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-8) in Pool F.

“We did not do well in the first two sets because Korea played better on the attack,” said Chinese outside spiker Liu Yanhan. “We did not have a good tempo in defence.”

Liu stepped up in the third set to help her team recover and finished with 37 points, including 34 attacks and three blocks.

Thailand completed their match against India in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21), but were challenged by their opponents' strong defence.

India’s Muralheedharan Shyamala Poornima and Thailand’s Ajcharaporn Kongyot top scored for their teams with 17 and 15 points respectively.

In the semifinal matches for places 9 to 12, Kazakhstan defeated the Maldives 3-0 (25-10, 25-4, 25-8) to claim their first win in the tournament.

Monday's results
9th-12th Playoff: Kazakhstan b Maldives 3-0 (25-10 25-4 25-8)
1st-8th Playoff: Pool E: Chinese Taipei b Iran 3-0 (25-17 25-21 25-17)
1st-8th Playoff: Pool E: Japan b Philippines 3-0 (25-12 25-18 25-15
1st-8th Playoff: Pool F: China b Korea 3-2 (24-26 23-25 25-21 25-21 15-8)
1st-8th Playoff: Pool F: Thailand b India 3-0 (25-20 25-21 25-21)

Tuesday's match schedule (all local times)
10am: 9th-12th Playoff: Macau v Uzbekistan
12.00pm: 1st-8th Playoff: Pool F: Thailand v China
14.00pm: 1st-8th Playoff: Pool E: Iran v Japan
16.15pm: 1st-8th Playoff: Pool F: India v Korea


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