21. 09. 2018

ASIAN CUP W: Japan and China for the title

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After two very interesting semifinal matches, China and Japan have secured the wins and will play in the final of the 6th AVC Cup 2018 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

  

In the first semifinal match, Japan outplayed Chinese Taipei after 104 minutes of play with 3-1. Japan for the first time in the history of this competition won a medal but also will for the first time play in the final since that in the previous five championships they lost 4 semifinal matches but also the matches for the third place.

Chinese Taipei – Japan 1-3 (15-25, 20-25, 25-21, 23-25)

Top scorers: Tzu-Ya Chen 12, Wan-Ling Tseng 12, Li-Yun Chang 12, Ching-Hsuan Huang 11; Shiori Aratani 21, Niyu Bajagawa 16, Miwako Osana 13.

 

In the second semifinal match, China outplayed the hosts Thailand after five sets! Chinese team led 2-0 and had24-23 in the third set when Thailand made a turnover and won the third and the fourth sets. In the tie-break, China celebrated a victory 15-10.

China will for the sixth time play in the final of the Asian Cup and until now they won 4 gold medals and one silver medal in 2012. On the other side, Thailand once again (the third consecutive time) lost their chances to play in the final. Yanhan Liu scored 42 points for the winning team!

Thailand – China 2-3 (18-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-22, 10-15)

Top scorers: Sittirak Onuma 24, Kokram Pimpichaya 16, Thinkaow Pleumjit 11; Liu Yanhan 42, WangMeiyi 12, Zheng Yixin 11, Gao Yi 11

 

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