Chinese Taipei are now level top of Pool A with two wins from two
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 22, 2017 – Chinese Taipei recorded their second win from two when they beat Fiji on day three of the Japan 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship - AVC Qualification Tournament that is taking place at Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty at the Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium in Thailand, on Friday.
Two pools are currently taking place for AVC qualifying – one in Almaty and one in Nakhon Pathom in Thailand. Both pools run from September 20-24 and 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 enjoyed their second win from two when they defeated Fiji 3-0 (25-9, 25-12, 25-10). Chang Li-Yun led scoring with 10 points, and the full squad was able to play some part of the match.
“By using our bench players, it was a great opportunity for us to adjust and vary our pace,” said Chinese Taipei coach Lin Ming-Hui.
“We have a total of four matches, and the last two will be the most challenging for us. We are always encouraging the players to give their best, especially in our remaining matches.”
The result means that Chinese Taipei sit joint top of Pool A with China, after both teams recorded two victories from two.
Pool A hosts Kazakhstan recorded their first win, by defeating Australia 3-1 (25-15, 25-6, 22-25, 25-9).
Kazakhstan’s Sana Anarkulova led scoring with 19 points, while captain Radmila Beresneva added 14, Yekaterina Zhdanova 12 and Alla Bogdashkina 10 to an impressive performance.
Kazakhstan coach Vyacheslav Shapran said, “before this match, we knew that Australia is a strong team so I told the team to play tough.”
In Pool B DPR Korea and Korea both won in straight-sets. DPR Korea beat Vietnam 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) to stretch their record to two wins from three, while Korea maintained their unbeaten run with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18,25-20) victory over Iran.