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Chinese Taipei claim first win in Grand Prix history

Chinese Taipei celebrate the win on Sunday

Chinese Taipei, Taipei City, August 22, 2010 - Chinese Taipei picked up their first ever win in the FIVB World Grand Prix as they defeated Puerto Rico 3-2 (27-29, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 17-15) in front of an excited home crowd.

With the arena full of spectators, the atmosphere was intense from the off. Both sides began poorlt, making surprisingly many long serves and hits, resulting in the points to drag until the hosts reached set point.  Puerto Rico managed to score with two strong hits in a roll to equalize, then dragged the score to 28-27 before CHen Wan Ting hit the last ball too long.

Chinese Taipei came back strong and fast in the second set to take the lead from beginning to the second TTO by 16-13.  Puerto Rico could not get back on their feet quickly while Chinese Taipei continued to pull away and claimed the very first winning set in the tournament.

While the Caribbeans still struggled to make an effective move before the first TTO, they managed a six then four point catch-up soon after to take the lead in the third set.

Although the home side pressed on with combinations, the visitors saw through the tricks and returned with a stronger serve to disturb the hosts.  Chinese Taipei was unable to break through the ice and conceded the set to the world No.14 side.

Under the pressure of the must-win match, Chinese Taipei tried to minimise its mistakes and kept the ball from landing easily.  Puerto Rico came back with an enhanced block and improved speed while Chinese Taipei seeked to break through the wall.  Chinese Taipei had to wait until the last side-out by No.3 Chen Wan Ting as she sent the match to a tie-break set by 25-23.

The home side dropped five points early on in the deciding set, but there was no turning back for the hosts, fighting for every chance to score.  The Caribbean showed no mercy with strong hits one after another while the hosts showed no fear to close the gap.  A five point catch-up by Chinese Taipei tied the game at 11-11 and 13-13 before a successful block gave Chinese Taipei the first set point.  Although Puerto Rico came up with an equalizer for 15-15, another long hit saw Chinese Taipei clinch the match, exciting the spectators.


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