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Japan come out tops to win place at 2014 World Champs
With their straight sets win over Thailand on Sunday, Japan concluded the Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament at the top of Pool A, qualifying for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2014.
At the end of the qualifying tournament, Japan came away with a perfect record of four wins and 12 points, while Thailand placed second with three wins and one defeat. Vietnam clinched six points from a record of two wins and two losses. Chinese Taipei got three points from one win and three defeats. Australia was winless.
In the Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament, the 10 teams are divided into two pools of five teams. The two best-ranked teams in each pool (total four teams) will advance to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships 2014, which will be held from September 23 to October 12, 2014 in Italy.
Pool B comprises China (host), Korea, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, India, and will be held from September 27 to October 1.
Vietnam gains their second victory with 3-0 win over Chinese Taipei
Vietnam beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-21) and marked their second victory in this tournament to finish third in Pool A.
In the first set, both Vietnam and Chinese Taipei performed well in digging and spiking. Vietnam, however, gained six continuous points to run ahead of Chinese Taipei. Vietnam finished the first set quickly but Chinese Taipei took the lead at first in the second set. But Vietnam recovered their performance and scored 11 continuous points in the middle of the set by blocking and spiking. It was very difficult for Chinese Taipei to get side-outs and Vietnam took the second set easily. In the third set, Chinese Taipei got off to a good start again. But Vietnam immediately overtook Chinese Taipei with seven continuous points and succeeded in getting the third set.
Best scorer of this match, Vietnam’s captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa (17 points) said, “We are very satisfied with the result today. It was the last game for us in this competition, and we did very good job. I would like to extend my appreciation to the local staff and spectators in Komaki for their kind support.”
Chinese Taipei’s captain Wan-Ting Chen, best scorer of her team (10 points), commented, “We are disappointed with the result of today’s match. During this competition, we couldn’t do our best. So, we want to practice harder and hope to be stronger.”
Undefeated Japan beats Thailand 3-0
Japan earned their fourth victory in the qualifying tournament against Thailand 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-10). The first two sets were tight for both sides as they both performed well in terms of spiking, digging and blocking. Japan’s opposite Miyu Nagaoka, the best scorer of this match (27 points), eventually led Japan to win both sets. In the third set, Japan mostly controlled the match and took the set easily with some continuous points.
Miyu Nagaoka was satisfied with today’s result, “I feel relieved to win this match. Our head coach asked me to play various roles and now I am able to adjust to what I should do in any situation.”
Thailand’s captain Wilavan Apinyapong said, “I think all of us did our best today. The Japanese team showed a really good performance and they also have good techniques. We could learn many things from Japan.” She continued, “I was very happy to be here in Komaki. The local organiser and local fans were very nice to us. I would like to thank them very much.”