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China make winning start to AVC World Champ qualifiers

 
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 20, 2017 – China defeated Fiji in straight-sets as the Japan 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship - AVC Qualification Tournament begun at Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty on Wednesday.

The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games gold medallists won 3-0 (25-5, 25-10, 25-14) with Zhang Changning leading scoring with 10 points.

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“It is the first match of the tournament, and we needed everybody to be well-prepared,” said China coach An Jiajie. “In fact, all of our players went to the court today.”

Two pools are currently taking place for AVC qualifying – one in Almaty and one at the Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium in Thailand. Both pools run from September 20-24. 

Both pools feature a single round-robin format, where the top two teams will earn the right to compete in the World Championship.

Pool A features China, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Fiji and Kazakhstan, while Pool B is made up of Korea, DPR Korea, Iran, Vietnam and Thailand. 

Chinese Taipei also made a winning start when they beat Australia 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-8). Captain Chen Wang-Ting was the top scorer with 13 points from eight attacks, four blocks and a service ace.

“Australia has progressed a lot in terms of techniques and strategies and this actually gave us some pressure to change some of our strategy during the match,” said Chinese Taipei coach Lin Ming-Hui.

The Thais played at a packed venue in Nakhon Pathom

In Pool B Korea defeated the DPR Korea 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-19), while hosts Thailand matched their straight sets victory by defeating Iran 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-13).

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